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Prescribed Burn Planned for Lake Canyon area on the Dolores Ranger District

The Dolores Ranger District is planning to burn approximately 2,700 acres in the Lake Canyon area approximately 10 miles east of Dove Creek, CO within Dolores County. Operations may begin as early as the week of April 16th; however, actual dates of operations will be dependent on favorable weather, current drought and fuels conditions. The burn unit is located adjacent to the Glade (FSR Road 504), east along (FSR 216) and west along (FSR 509).

Smoke will be visible from Colorado Highway 491 between Dove Creek and Pleasant View and may settle overnight into those areas.

Aerial/ground Ignition operations may take place over several days. Burning operations will be conducted by qualified fire management personnel and other fire resources from the San Juan National Forest and cooperating agencies. The purpose is to reduce hazardous ground fuels, reduce the risk of unplanned catastrophic wildfire, restore ponderosa pine ecosystems and improve wildlife habitat.

The forest consists of ponderosa pine and Gambel oak.  Adjacent units have received previous mechanical fuels-reduction treatments. The Lake Canyon Area project is part of an overall fuels reduction project involving both mechanical treatment and prescribed fire, covering approximately 15,000 acres.

Ponderosa pine forests are a fire adapted ecosystem, which historically experienced frequent, low intensity fires on a large scale. Prescribed fire replicates that fire regime under controlled conditions. Prescribed fires will only be ignited when all weather, fuels and smoke requirements are met.

For additional information, please contact Patrick Seekins, Fire Management Officer, Dolores Ranger District (970) 882-6836.



Smoke from wildfires and prescribed fires may affect your health. For more information, please go to: https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/cdphe/wood-smoke-and-health .

For information on prescribed burning on the San Juan National Forest, call 970 247-4874, visit the Forest Website at: http://www.fs.usda.gov/sanjuan/ , or follow us at:  https://twitter.com/SanJuanNF



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