The Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests, Grand Valley Ranger District, has several prescribed burns planned to accomplish during this coming fall/winter. These burns will occur on National Forest System lands and will involve use of interagency fire personnel (BLM and the Forest Service).
Campbell Point Burn — This project is located on the Uncompahgre Plateau, about 24 miles southeast of Gateway and 37 miles west of Delta. Approximately 300 acres in size, the burn is designed to reduce vegetation from previous mechanical treatments, improve wildlife habitat and restore fire into the ponderosa pine ecosystem using a cool, ground-creeping fire.
Indian Creek Burn — Also located on the Uncompahgre Plateau about 18 miles southeast of Gateway and 37 miles southwest of Delta, this 1,150 acre prescribed burn will occur in 3 units. Objectives for this burn are the same as described for the Campbell Point Burn.
Officials hope conditions will allow both the Campbell Point and Indian Creek prescribed burns to occur within the next 2 weeks and estimate each burn will take one to three days to complete.
Grand Valley Pile Burns — This involves burning piles of vegetation and debris in three general areas on the Grand Mesa — High Tower/Porter Mountain, Ward and Island Lake areas and the Mesa Lakes area. With the recent snowfall on the Grand Mesa, pile burning near the Grand Mesa Resort and possibly the Christian Camp are expected to begin Sept. 24. Other piles will be burned over the next couple months as conditions allow.
Detailed burn plans have been prepared for these projects. The plans contain requirements for staffing, weather conditions and air quality that must be met to help ensure control of the burn as well as to minimize the potential smoke impacts to local communities.blog comments powered by Disqus