The U.S. Forest Service plans to burn piles in the Ward Lake and Island Lake areas on Grand Mesa. The Ward Lake piles consist of slash (branches and trees) from fuels treatment within the wildland urban interface and the Island Lake piles contain slash produced from a parking lot expansion. Fire officials anticipate conditions will be suitable to burn this week, with a possibility of continuing into the fall. Burning will occur only if weather, staffing and smoke dispersal conditions are compliant. Officials advise smoke may be visible during the pile burning.
At their March 5 meeting Commissioners Doug Atchley, Mark Roeber and Don Suppes made two appointments to the county planning commission. Steve Shea was reappointed for a three-year term.