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Grand Valley Ranger District announces Calamity Hills Prescribed Burn

Contact(s): Craig Warren, Fuels Specialist, 970.641.0471/970.260.0466 (c), Kimberlee Phillips, Fire Information Officer, 970.874.6717/970.589.0842

The Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison (GMUG) National Forests’ Grand Valley Ranger District plans to conduct the Calamity Hills Prescribed Burn beginning the week of April 17, 2018 as conditions allow.


The burn will target 1700 acres of the Calamity Basin located eight miles northeast of Gateway, Colorado. Only one day of ignition is planned with monitoring through the remainder of the week. The public is advised that smoke may remain in the area for several days after ignition. The treatment area is located on steep slopes covered with overgrown and decaying oak. Burning the area will serve to regenerate the oak stands improving overall vegetation health, resident wildlife habitat and the wildfire resiliency of the landscape.


Significant planning for this prescribed burn has occurred and one of the most important considerations is for safety of the firefighters and the public. Fire managers have developed detailed prescribed fire plans that dictate conditions, staffing and safety requirements. These plans also provide for obtaining smoke permits from the State. The burns will be ignited only if conditions are conducive to a safe, effective burn and within appropriate smoke dispersal parameters.


For information on prescribed burns, wildfires and fire restrictions on National Forest System lands and other areas, call the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests Fire Information line at 970.874.6602, visit the GMUG Forest website (www.fs.usda.gov/gmug), Twitter: https://twitter.com/GMUG_NF or Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GMUG.NF .


Prescribed fire smoke may affect your health. For more information see: https://www.colorado.gov/cdphe/wood-smoke-and-health

The Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre & Gunnison National Forests manage approximately 3 million acres of land in Southwest Colorado within Delta, Garfield, Gunnison, Hinsdale, Mesa, Montrose, Ouray, Saguache, San Juan and San Miguel counties.




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