Prescribed Fires- Fall 2017

Detailed burn plans outline the parameters for each prescribed burn and contain specific criteria regarding weather conditions, staffing and air quality that must be met to help ensure control of the burn as well as to minimize the potential smoke impacts to local communities. The Forest Service obtains Smoke Permits which identifies conditions for implementing the prescribed burns by the Colorado State Air Pollution Control Division.

The most important factor to consider when planning prescribed burning is to provide for safety…that of the firefighters, the public and property. Prescribed fire smoke may affect your health. For more information see: www.colorado.gov/cdphe/wood-smoke-and-health


Gunnison Ranger District

Contact(s):
Ramirez, Assistant Fire Management Officer, (970) 641-0471
Patrick Medina, Fire Management Officer, (970) 641- 0471

Gunnison Ranger District fire crews will be conducting prescribed pile burns over the next few months. Most of the burns will occur between mid-October through December, pending favorable weather and appropriate ground and vegetation conditions.

The objectives of the burns are to remove debris and vegetation (fuels) to help reduce the risk of larger wildfires. The public is reminded not to call 911 or emergency services if smoke is visible in specific burn areas.  Prescribed burns are planned for the following areas:

 

Project Area  

     Location       

Number
(machine built piles)
Stage Stop
Murdie Subdiv
T14S R81W Sec 20  
100
Red Creek      
T50N R3W Sec 7/8           
 20
Longdraw  
T46N R5W Sec 15            
20
Nutras
T44N R1E Sec 22              
40
Ramboulle
Mill Creek  
T43N R3W
40
Sargents Mesa  
T47N R6E Sec 30
100
Wiley Gulch            
T50N R4E Sec 34
20

Norwood and Ouray Ranger Districts

Contacts:
Corey Robinson, Fire Management Officer (West) (970) 901-6691
Cody Russel, Captain 62, (970) 596-4672
Eric Brantingham, Assistant Fire Management Officer, (970)729-0562

Norwood and Ouray Ranger District fire crews will be burning slash piles over the next few months that are the result of multiple fuels reductions and hazardous tree removal projects. Most of the pile burns will occur between mid-October through December, pending favorable weather and appropriate ground and vegetation conditions.

Slash piles have been created to remove debris and vegetation (fuels) to help reduce the risk of larger wildfires. The piles are burned in project areas where other means of disposal were not feasible.  The public is reminded not to call 911 or emergency services if smoke is visible in specific burn areas.  Slash piles are located in the following areas:

Project Area

Location

Number/type piles

25 Mesa Guard Station   
T49N R13W Sec 19      
100 machine piles
Paradox
T47N R11W Sec 33 
40 machine piles
Horse Pasture  
T44N R13W Sec 4     
1 machine pile

 


Grand Valley Ranger District

Contacts:
Craig Warren ( 970) 260-0466

The Rocky Pitch Prescribed Fire will be igntied Wednesday, October 18 on the south Rim of Unaweep Canyon approximately 24 air miles south of Grand Junction. The Rocky Pitch prescribed fire is the continuation of a multiyear burn project that began in 2016 with the Pitch Fire. Plans include burning approximately 200 acres.


Ouray Ranger District

Contacts:
Cody Russell (970) 596.4672
Corey Robinson (970) 901.6691)

The Little Monitor Prescribed Fire will be ignited thea prescribed burn the week of October 17 on 25 Mesa. The Little Monitor burn is located approximately 25 miles west of Delta near the 25 Mesa Guard Station on Forest Service Road #558. Plans include burning approximately 120-130 acres.