CHROMO CONTROLLED

As weather allows, the Fire Learning Network, Chama Peak Land Alliance and participating private landowners will be conducting controlled burning on sites in northern New Mexico and southern Colorado beginning Saturday, October 29th. The initial burn site of 239 acres is approximately one mile north and east of Chama, New Mexico and may take two or more days to complete. It is anticipated that approximately 100 acres will be burned this season. The second burn site of equal acreage is located approximately 20 miles northeast of Chromo, Colorado and is anticipated to also take two or more days to complete.

Controlled burns are being conducted as part of a joint effort between The Fire Learning Network, Rio Grande Water Fund, and the Chama Peak Land Alliance (CPLA) through their Fire Ecology and Resiliency in the San Juan – Chama Watershed project. The goal of this project is to treat private lands through prescribed fire and thinning to improve forest health and resiliency and restore wildlife habitat by reducing the threat of catastrophic fire outside the natural range of variation, thereby reducing the potential for destructive debris flows that can impact downstream users and ecological communities.

For more information on the project, visit www.chamapeak.org

The use of prescribed fire promotes ecological health and reduces hazardous fuels thereby protecting nearby communities by reducing the intensity and size of future wildfires. Forests need frequent, low-intensity fire to remove accumulated smaller fuels and recycle nutrients into the soils to promote healthy vegetation and wildlife habitat. A healthier forest is a safer forest for firefighters and residents when wildfires inevitably occur.

 

 

SAN JUAN NATIONAL FOREST

15 Burnett Court

Durango, Colorado 81301

970 247-4874

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 17, 2016

Fall Prescribed Burning Planned in HD Mountains

 

BAYFIELD – The Columbine Ranger District plans to conduct prescribed burning this fall in the HD Mountains of the San Juan National Forest east of Bayfield.  The project would encompass almost 6,000 acres between the Relay Station and Fosset Gulch roads south of Highway 160 in the Yellow Jacket Pass and Pargin Mountain areas. The operation is expected to take seven to 10 days in mid to late September, and possibly, into October, depending on weather and fuel conditions.  The project area would be ignited and monitored by trained firefighters using both ground and aerial ignition methods.  Smoke may be visible from Arboles, Ignacio, Bayfield, Pagosa Springs, and Durango. Daytime smoke may spread northeast into the Piedra drainage, while nighttime smoke is expected to settle into the Beaver Creek, Sauls Creek and Piedra drainages. Smoke will be heavier in mornings following burning operations, and should lift by mid-day. This area of the National Forest provides critical winter range and key migration routes for deer and elk. Prescribed burning is conducted to improve big-game winter habitat and reduce the risk of high-intensity wildfire, while providing conditions for regular follow-up burns to be conducted more efficiently and safely.

 

Prescribed fire smoke may affect your health. For more information see: www.colorado.gov/cdphe/wood-smoke-and-health.

 

For more information on the prescribed burn, contact the Columbine District Office at 970 884-2512.

 

 

Visit our Website at: www.fs.usda.gov/sanjuan, or follow the San Juan National Forest on TWITTER @SanJuanNF

 

The San Juan National Forest manages 1.8 million acres of federal land in southwestern Colorado within Archuleta, Conejos, Dolores, Hinsdale, La Plata, Mineral, Montezuma, Rio Grande and San Juan counties.

 

SAN JUAN NATIONAL FOREST
15 Burnett Court
Durango, Colorado 81301
970 247-4874

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 23, 2016
DOLORES RANGER DISTRICT PLANS FALL PRESCRIBED BURNING

DOLORES – The Dolores Ranger District plans to conduct prescribed burning operations beginning in early September and potentially lasting into October in three different areas and at different times, on the San Juan National Forest. One prescribed burn will take place three miles north of Summit Reservoir near the intersection of Forest roads 556 and 557 in the Carver Canyon area of Haycamp Mesa. Approximately 1,200 acres will be burned by hand crews over five to seven days. The goal is reduce slash left from a previous timber sale and reduce the buildup of natural fuels. Smoke will be visible from Colorado Highway 184 between Dolores and Mancos, as well as from Cortez. Smoke may settle into low lying areas near the burn overnight.

Another prescribed burn will take place 11 miles north of Dolores, near Trimble Point south of the intersection of Forest roads 514 and 523. Both hand and aerial ignition methods will be used for two to four days to ignite 1,500 acres in an area previously burned in 2007. The goal is to reduce ground litter by mimicking historic fire-return intervals. Smoke may be visible from the Dolores and Ground Hog Reservoir areas. Smoke may settle into the McPhee Reservoir overnight. District fire managers also plan to ignite by hand up to 900 acres of logging slash over the course of one week in the Doe Canyon area a mile west of the intersection of Forest roads 504 and 506 about 10 miles east of Dove Creek. Smoke will be visible from Colorado Highway 491 between Dove Creek and Pleasant View and may settle overnight into those areas.

Prescribed burning is conducted to reduce the risk of high-intensity wildfire, while providing conditions for regular follow-up burns to be conducted more efficiently and safely. For more information on the prescribed burn, contact the Dolores Ranger District at 970 882-7296.

Prescribed fire smoke may affect your health. For more information see: www.colorado.gov/cdphe/wood-smoke-and-health.

 

PARGIN PRESCRIBED BURN SET TO BEGIN NEXT WEEK

BAYFIELD – The Columbine Ranger District plans to begin black-lining the perimeter of the Pargin Prescribed Burn next week in the HD Mountains south of US Hwy 160. The prescribed burn will be conducted over one to two weeks, with exact timing dependent on weather and fuel conditions. The goal is to treat 6,000 acres of National Forest lands with prescribed fire to reduce the risk of high-intensity wildfire, improve forest health and big-game habitat, and to provide conditions for regular follow-up burns to be conducted efficiently and safely.

The operation will involve 80 to 120 U.S. Forest Service firefighters and staff. Both ground and aerial ignition methods will be used. During the first week of operations, ground crews with hand torches will blackline the perimeter of the burn area. During this time, no more than 400 acres per day will be burned. When aerial ignitions begin, plans are to use a helicopter to ignite up to 4,500 acres per day. No National Forest road or trail closures are expected.

During burning operations, smoke will be visible from Arboles, Ignacio, Bayfield, Pagosa Springs and Durango, and from the U.S. Highway 160 corridor. Daytime smoke may also spread northeast into the upper Piedra Drainage or north into Hinsdale County. Nighttime smoke is expected to settle in the Beaver Creek and Sauls Creek areas, and along the Piedra River from Chimney Rock to Arboles. Visibility between Yellow Jacket Pass and the Piedra River along US 160 may also be impacted. Electronic signs will be posted on the highway to notify both eastbound and westbound travelers. Smoke will linger into mornings in these areas but should lift by mid-day.

The Columbine Ranger District has an active and ongoing prescribed fire program. Since 2013, the District has treated 5,000 acres in this general area through prescribed fire, not including the Pargin Prescribed Burn. The USFS works closely with the State of Colorado to plan prescribed burns and to monitor and manage the impacts of resulting smoke.

For more information, contact the Columbine District Office at 970 884-2512, or go online at: http://fs.usda.gov/sanjuan. Updates will also be posted at: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov and on Twitter @SanJuanNF.

Prescribed fire smoke may affect your health. For more information, go to: www.colorado.gov/cdphe/wood-smoke-and-health.

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  September 8, 2016

FIREFIGHTERS BEGIN BLACK-LINING PERIMETER OF PARGIN PRESCRIBED BURN

 

BAYFIELD – U.S. Forest Service firefighting crews will begin black-lining the perimeter of the Pargin Prescribed Burn this morning in the HD Mountains south of U.S. Highway 160. Prescribed burning operations will be conducted for one to two weeks, with exact timing dependent on weather and fuel conditions. The goal is to treat 6,000 acres of National Forest lands with prescribed fire to reduce the risk of high-intensity wildfire, improve forest health and big-game habitat, and provide conditions for regular follow-up burns to be conducted efficiently and safely. Starting today, ground crews will use hand torches to create a buffer around the 20-mile perimeter of the burn area, with no more than 400 acres ignited per day.  Next week, aerial ignitions will use a helicopter to ignite up to 4,500 acres per day of the interior of the burn area. No National Forest road or trail closures are expected.

 

A smoke column will be visible from Arboles, Ignacio, Bayfield, Pagosa Springs and Durango, and from the U.S. Highway 160 corridor. Daytime smoke may also spread northeast into the upper Piedra Drainage or north into Hinsdale County. Nighttime smoke is expected to settle in the Beaver Creek and Sauls Creek areas, and along the Piedra River from Chimney Rock to Arboles. Visibility between Yellow Jacket Pass and the Piedra River. Electronic signs are posted along Highway 160 to notify travelers of the possibility of limited visibility. Smoke will linger into mornings in these areas but should lift by mid-day.

 

Since 2013, the Columbine Ranger District has treated 5,000 acres in this general area through prescribed fire. The USFS works closely with the State of Colorado to plan prescribed burns and to monitor and manage the impacts of resulting smoke. For more information, contact the Columbine District Office at 970 884-2512, or go online at:  http://fs.usda.gov/sanjuan.

 

Updates will also be posted at: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5007/ and on Twitter @SanJuanNF.

 

Prescribed fire smoke may affect your health. For more information, go to: www.colorado.gov/cdphe/wood-smoke-and-health

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 8, 2016

Prescribed Burns Planned for Turkey Springs/Brockover Mesa and Washington Flats Areas

 

PAGOSA SPRINGS – The Pagosa Ranger District plans to burn approximately 800 acres in the Turkey Springs/Brockover Mesa areas, beginning the week of Sept 19, 2016. The units are between the Newt Jack and Turkey Springs Roads northwest of Pagosa Springs. This project expands upon earlier prescribed burns, which took place last month as part of an overall fuels-reduction project involving both mechanical treatment and prescribed fire covering approximately 5,000 acres.

 

An additional 200 acres are also planned for burning within the same time frame in the Washington Flats/Vega la Juana area east of Chimney Rock and south of Capote Lake. The actual dates of operations will be dependent on weather and fuels conditions.

 

The areas targeted for prescribed fire consist of ponderosa pine, Gambel oak and grass, and have received previous fuels-reduction treatments. Daily burn operations will range from 190 to 325 acres, with ignition taking place over several consecutive days. Burning operations will be conducted by firefighters from the San Juan National Forest and cooperating agencies. The purpose is to reduce hazardous ground fuels and the risk of unplanned catastrophic wildfire by restoring ponderosa pine ecosystems, which will also improve wildlife habitat. Ponderosa pine is a fire-adapted species, which historically experienced frequent, low- intensity fires on a large scale. Prescribed fire replicates that fire regime under controlled conditions. Prescribed fires are only be ignited when all weather, fuels and smoke requirements are met.

 

For additional information, please contact Fred Ellis, Assistant Fire Management Officer (Fuels), at (970) 264-1541.

 

Smoke from wildfires and prescribed fires may affect your health. For more information, please go to:

https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/cdphe/wood-smoke-and-health.