Fire management officials from the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison (GMUG) National Forests have announced plans to conduct prescribed pile burns between mid-October through December, 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.
The safety of firefighters and the public are the most important factors considered when planning a prescribed burn. Fire managers have developed detailed plans and obtained smoke permits from the State of Colorado for each of the planned burns, ignition will only occur if conditions are ideal for a safe, effective burn with good smoke dispersal.
Numerous pile burns are planned in the Grand Valley and Paonia Ranger Districts. Contacts are Kurt Thompson, 970-263-5824 and Craig Warren, 970-263-5820. Project areas are titled Queen Spruce, Lands' End Road, Mesa Point Comm Site, Cow, Hay Park and Sheep Flats/Wooly.
For more information about a specific prescribed burn please contact the fire management officials listed above.