Where There’s Smoke, There’s a Prescribed Burn
The U.S. Forest Service, San Isabel National Forest-Salida and Leadville Ranger Districts are planning several prescribed burns in Chaffee and Lake Counties, potentially starting in early October, 2014. Temporary road closures may be necessary to provide for public and firefighter safety.
The prescribed burn areas are located near:
- O’Haver Lake adjacent to County Road 200 – approximately 150 acres
- Placer Creek adjacent to County Road 252 – approximately 300 acres
- Limestone Ridge adjacent to County Road 305 – approximately 275 acres
- Four Elk Creek – approximately 120 acres
Weather and fuel conditions may affect the dates for ignition and fire personnel will monitor conditions to determine if and when ignition should take place. Not all burns will be conducted at the same time. Once the burns begin, smoke will be visible for several days from various locations throughout the Arkansas River Valley, Park County and the northern portion of the San Luis Valley.
Prescribed fire is an important tool in reducing the risk of catastrophic wildfire across the landscape and can help prevent extreme fires by reducing hazardous fuel buildup. Prescribed fires also minimize impacts to air quality when compared to wildfires. Safety for the public and firefighters is the top priority when considering any prescribed fire operation on the landscape.
More information is available by calling the Salida Ranger District at 719-539-3591 or the Leadville Ranger District at 719-486-0749. Follow us on Twitter for up-to-date information about these burn projects: PSICC_NF, #SalidaRD and / or #LeadvilleRD