Leadville News – September 16
Autumn Gold and Irish Green: A Leadville Saturday
Forest Service Plans Prescribed Burn in Twin Lakes
UPDATE – Sept 18:
The Flume Creek prescribed burn was postponed from today due to a concern over regional fire activity, which we wholly support. Increased fire activity on Sunday and yesterday, on several regional incidents, prompted a reallocation of fire resources. We still would have had ample resources to conduct our burn and meet our objectives. But we felt it would be better to not commit these resources to an active incident so that they may respond to requests for help with little delay. We will closely monitor the situation and proceed with plans when resources and conditions become optimal for us to achieve our objectives.” – Gregg Goodland, US Forest Service Fire Prevention Technician, San Carlos Ranger District
While they can never pinpoint an exact date due to weather and fuel conditions, the U.S. Forest Service (USFS), is planning a prescribed burn in the Flume Creek area at Twin Lakes sometime in the month of September.
This project area is located four miles southeast of Twin Lakes Village, on the southeast side of Twin Lakes Reservoir and covers approximately 120 acres.
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. Prescribed fire smoke may affect your health. For more information see: www.colorado.gov/cdphe/wood-smoke-and-health . Safety for the public and firefighters is the top priority when considering any prescribed fire operation on the landscape.
Weather and fuel conditions may affect the dates for ignition. Fire personnel will monitor conditions to determine if and when ignition should take place. Once the burn begins, smoke will be visible for several days throughout the Arkansas River Valley and surrounding areas.
For up-to-date information about these prescribed burns, contact the Leadville Ranger District at 719-486-0749, or follow them on Facebook and on Twitter: @PSICC_NF and #FlumeCreekRX .