Firefighters plan controlled burns in Garfield, Eagle counties |

Firefighters plan controlled burns in Garfield, Eagle counties

SILT – Beginning this week, firefighters from the Upper Colorado River Interagency Fire Unit expect to ignite two prescribed fires if fall conditions warrant.

In Garfield County, the 400-acre Roan Plateau Prescribed Fire is planned on the Roan Plateau north of Rifle in Grassy Gulch Area along the East Fork Drainage of Parachute Creek to help restore aspen. Smoke may be seen from the Roan Platea and the I-70 corridor.

The other prescribed burn if planned for the 180-acre Sheep Gulch four miles north of Gypsum.

“We will only ignite these prescribed fires if conditions are ideal for safe, effective burns, as well as for good smoke disperesal away from area communities,” said Rusty Stark, fuels specialist for the Bureau of Land Management Colorado River Valley field office.

Fire managers have developed a detailed prescribed fire plan and obtained smoke permits from the State of Colorado for each of the planned burns.

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