Spring Prescribed Burns Planned

Contact(s): John Markalunas, Craig Warren (970) 242-8211

The Grand Valley Ranger District of the Grand Mesa Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests is planning prescribed burns in four Mesa County locations this spring.  These burns are designed to enhance habitat for deer and elk, reduce accumulated vegetation and over time, enhance Forest health.

The Nick Mountain and Nick/Bald Mountain prescribed burns are located approximately 6 miles, south of the town of Molina.  The burn areas are located on lands managed by both the Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Forest Service.  Together they total 1,692 acres.  Fire officials estimate that it will require two to five days to conduct the burns, given appropriate conditions.  In some circumstances, ignition may occur through the use of a helicopter to provide for firefighter safety and increase efficiency.

The Indian Creek and the Campbell Point prescribed burns are located respectively, about 12 and 18 miles southeast of Gateway, Colorado.  The Indian Creek burn includes 1026 acres of oak brush. The Campbell Point burn totals approximately 300 acres of native Ponderosa Pine stands over a mechanically treated oak brush understory. Sixty acres of this area was burned last fall.

Extensive planning for each project has occurred.  Initial work involved evaluating alternatives to prescribed fire and identifying anticipated fire effects.  During the next stage of the planning, Forest staff developed detailed plans to provide for safe and effective operations during each burn.  The burn plans are “in place” and ready for use this spring under favorable conditions.

Firefighter and public safety is of primary concern.  Conditions must be consistent with the prescribed burn plans and meet the requirements of smoke permits issued by the State of Colorado.  Burning will occur only if weather, staffing and smoke dispersal conditions are compliant. 

Notice of plans to burn will be issued to local contacts the day of the burn.  Additionally, the Forest Service will place notification signs on main access routes where burning occurs to alert travelers in the area.


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 at970.874.6602, visit the GMUG Forest website (www.fs.usda.gov/gmug or Twitter  https://twitter.com/GMUG_NF.

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.