Firefighters to implement planned Avalanche Creek Prescribed Burn this week

April 17, 2019

Firefighters to implement planned Avalanche Creek Prescribed Burn this week

REDSTONE, Colo. – Pending favorable weather and conditions, firefighters from the Upper Colorado Interagency Fire Management Unit (UCR) will begin prescribed burn operations within the Avalanche Creek area on the Aspen-Sopris Ranger District as early as Thursday, April 18. The Avalanche Creek Prescribed Burn project area is located approximately nine miles south of Carbondale in Pitkin County on National Forest lands.

Firefighters and land managers conduct prescribed burns to improve habitat for wildlife, promote nutrient recycling of fire-adapted vegetation communities, and decrease hazardous fuel loads adjacent to communities. Firefighters on the Avalanche Creek Prescribed Burn plan to treat up to 300 acres over a 1-3 day period.

Public and firefighter safety is always the highest priority during firing operations, and prescribed burns will only be conducted if it is safe to do so. Certain conditions must be met before firefighters will conduct a prescribed burn operation; including correct temperature, wind, fuel moisture and anticipated smoke dispersal. When these criteria are met, firefighters implement and monitor each prescribed burn to ensure it provides for public safety and addresses forest health goals within acceptable air quality parameters. As many as 20 firefighters and five engines will be used to monitor progress at the Avalanche Creek Prescribed Burn.

Please do not call 911. Smoke may be visible from Filoha Meadows, Swiss Village, Redstone, Carbondale and El Jebel. Prescribed fire smoke may affect your health. For more information, please visit: Most of the smoke is expected to dissipate during the day; however, some nighttime smoke may remain in valley bottoms and drainages for a short duration.

Additional information regarding this project is available at the Sopris Ranger Station at 620 Main St., Carbondale or by calling 970-963-2266.