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Feds plan prescribed burns in Pitkin County, elsewhere

Aspen Times Staff Report
Aspen, CO Colorado

PITKIN COUNTY ” Federal fire officials are planning several prescribed burns this spring, including fires in Pitkin, Garfield and Mesa counties, to reduce hazardous fuels and improve wildlife habitat.

The Upper Colorado River Interagency Fire Management Unit announced the plans Monday. Burns will be conducted when weather, moisture and fuel conditions allow ” between late March and the end of May. The burns are planned primarily in oak brush and pinon-juniper forests.

Fire managers are planning two burns in Pitkin County. The 140-acre Prince Creek prescribed fire is planned on Bureau of Land Management land located four miles south of Carbondale. The burn will complete an oak brush-thinning project started last fall to help protect private lands and homes from wildfire. The 100-acre East Sopris prescribed fire is planned on BLM land located two miles south of Basalt; it is part of a larger fuels treatment/habitat improvement project on Light Hill.

For more information on these fires, call Ody Anderson at (970) 947-2810.

In addition, the 750-acre Coulter Mesa prescribed fire is planned on White River National Forest and BLM lands in Garfield County, 13 miles northeast of Rifle. Call Anderson for more information.

In far western Colorado, two prescribed fires are planned in Mesa County this spring. The 500-acre Battlements prescribed fire is planned on BLM lands five miles northeast of Collbran. The 350-acre Black Ridge prescribed fire is planned on BLM lands, 13 miles west of Grand Junction in the Glade Park area.

For more information on the Mesa County fires, contact Jeff Phillips at (970) 244-3040.

Weather conditions will be monitored and burns will take place when conditions are suitable for safe and effective prescribed burns and good smoke dispersal, fire officials said. The fires will be conducted under an approved burn plan with smoke permits from the state.

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