Prescribed burns planned on the Rio Grande National Forest

Release Date: Sep 11, 2018  

Prescribed burns planned on the Rio Grande National Forest

MONTE VISTA, Colo., September 11, 2018 – The San Luis Valley Interagency Fire Management Unit plans to conduct several prescribed burns this autumn on the Rio Grande National Forest providing there are favorable weather and fuel moisture conditions.

The planned burns include:

  • Buffalo Pass. Located on the Saguache Ranger District, one mile south of Buffalo Pass Campground. This 580 acre burn would reduce fuels and improve deer and elk habitat.
  • English Valley. Located five miles north of Del Norte on the Divide Ranger District. The purpose of this 1000 acre burn is to improve forage for pronghorn.
  • Conejos Canyon. Located one mile north of Fox Creek on the Conejos Peak Ranger District. The 200 acre burn will reduce fuels and improve habitat for elk and deer.
  • Alamaditas. This will be a 500 acre prescribed burn 14 miles west of Romeo on the Conejos Peak Ranger District. The purpose of the burn is to reduce fuels and improve habitat for elk and deer.
  • Bighorn/State line. Located six miles southwest of Mogote on the Conejos Peak Ranger District. The purpose of this 1,220 acre burn is to reduce fuels and improve habitat for elk and deer.

Residents and visitors will likely see smoke coming from these area for several hours each day during burn operations. Burn area maps will be posted on the roads leading into the project areas and local residents will be contacted prior to initiation of the prescribed burns. 

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

For more information concerning the planned prescribed burns, contact the Rio Grande National Forest Supervisor’s Office at 719-852-5941.

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