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Firefighters plan burns in Garfield, Eagle County

Staff Report

Assuming conditions are right, firefighters plan to ignite two prescribed burns, one in Garfield and the other in Eagle County, in the coming weeks.

Both planned burns would be on Bureau of Land Management land.

North of Rifle, firefighters with the Upper Colorado River Interagency Fire Unit are planning a 160-acre burn on the Roan Plateau to restore aspens in the east fork drainage of Parachute Creek, according to a press release from BLM.

Smoke could be visible from the plateau, Rifle and the Interstate 70 corridor.

In Eagle County, fire managers are planning a 200-acre burn, named the Sheep Gulch Prescribed Fire, 4 miles northwest of Gypsum to reduce fire fuels and pinon-juniper expansion, while restoring sagebrush in the area.

Smoke could be visible from the town of Gypsum and Eagle River corridor.

“We will only ignite these prescribed fires if conditions are ideal for safe, effective burns, as well as for good smoke dispersal away from area communities,” Chad Sewell, fuels specialist for the BLM Colorado River Valley Field Office, said.

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