County commission chairman Doug Atchley said on Monday that he has asked the county and state health departments to provide statements on a situation at Eckert where smoke from an allowed open burn operation is impacting residents of Horizons West Mobile Home Park and Horizons Care Center.
The Orchard City Town Board, at its regular meeting on Sept. 13, heard complaints from residents of Horizons West mobile home park about smoke from burning piles of brush near the retirement community.
Deann Thomas, a resident of the park, and three of her neighbors told the town board of smoke and other problems they claim were caused by the burning of brush just north of their senior mobile home park on Running Deer Road.
Federal lands management agencies have been planning a prescribed burn on public lands on the Uncompahgre Plateau that was scheduled to begin on Tuesday, June 27.
Jeff Wright, Delta County emergency manager, reported to the Board of County Commissioners on Monday that smoke from the burn will impact Delta County. Delta Dispatch and first responder agencies are expected to receive many calls about the controlled burn project.
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.
The National Park Service will soon begin conducting pile burns near the Grizzly Gulch area on the North Rim of Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park. Pile burning is a type of maintenance burn whereby wildland fuels are cut through the year, piled, allowed to dry, and then burned during the winter when there is snow on the ground.
The Grand Valley Ranger District of the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests plans to burn piles within the Porter Mountain and Eggleston Lake areas of the Grand Mesa, possibly beginning as soon as Nov. 4, and continuing for several weeks until the project is complete.
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.
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