Fire management officials from the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison (GMUG) National Forests have announced plans to conduct prescribed pile burns during the month of March, pending favorable weather, ground and vegetation conditions.
The objectives of prescribed pile burns is to reduce the risk of larger wildfires and improve ecosystem health by removing debris and vegetation, or fuels, through the planned ignition of slash piles. Slash piles are constructed from the accumulated debris from fuel reduction and hazard tree removal projects. The piles are burned in project areas where other means of disposal are not feasible.
Ignition will only occur if conditions are ideal for a safe, effective burn with good smoke dispersal.
Prescribed pile burns are planned on Lands' End Road (20 hand-built piles) and the Mesa Point communication site (20 hand-built piles).
For more information on how smoke may affect your health, please visit: https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/cdphe/wood-smoke-and-health.