The Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests are preparing for spring prescribed burns. A total of nine areas are planned to be burned, pending appropriate weather, soil and vegetation conditions, and staffing. Burning may begin in early April and continue into June.
Planned burns in the Delta area include:
Little Monitor: Located approximately 20 miles southwest of Delta along 25 Mesa Road/Delta-Nucla Road (NFSR #503). The objective for this burn is to increase the resiliency and reproduction of native ponderosa pine stands. Approximately 394 acres are to be burned.
Sawmill Mesa: Located approximately 20 miles southwest of Delta along Cottonwood Road (NFSR #504). The objective for this burn is to increase the resiliency and production of native ponderosa pine stands. Approximately 620 acres are to be burned.
Significant planning for these burns has occurred and one of the most important considerations is public and firefighter safety. Fire managers have developed detailed prescribed fire plans that dictate conditions, staffing, and safety requirements. These plans also incorporate smoke permits from the State of Colorado. Most of the burns are designed to reduce vegetation build-up (fuels), improve wildlife habitat, and improve rangelands. The prescribed burns will be conducted only if conditions meet the prescription for a safe, effective operation and are within appropriate smoke dispersal parameters.
Prescribed fire smoke may affect your health. For more information see: www.colorado.gov/cdphe/wood-smoke-and-health.