DURANGO INTERAGENCY FIRE DISPATCH
U.S. Forest Service * Bureau of Land Management * National Park Service
Bureau of Indian Affairs * Colorado State Forest Service
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 22, 2007
Prescribed Burns Scheduled North of Bayfield
Weather permitting, fire managers from the Columbine Ranger District are
planning on conducting two prescribed burns this week. Both burns are
designed to reduce the build-up of hazardous fuels.
On Wednesday, firefighters will burn 181 acres located about six miles
north of Bayfield and immediately east of Forest Lakes subdivision. Fire
managers have named this burn Little Bear and expect it to be completed
in one day. Smoke will travel northeast during the day and down valley
to Bear Creek and the Pine River Valley at night, where smoke will
linger until mid-morning.
On Thursday, firefighters will ignite 188 acres about eight miles
northeast of Bayfield and one mile north of Highway 160 on Beaver
Meadows road. Fire managers plan on completing the Shamrock burn in one
day. Smoke will travel northeast during the day and down valley to
Beaver Creek at night, where smoke will linger until mid-morning the
Smoke from both prescribed fires will be monitored by personnel as the
project progresses and the burn areas will be monitored for several days
following completion of the burns.
The primary objective for both of these burns is to reduce the build-up
of naturally occurring flammable material like pine needles and dead
branches. This will help minimize the chances of a destructive wildfire
in the future. It will also improve habitat and forage for wildlife.
For more information contact the Columbine Public Lands Office,
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