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Feds work on prescribed burn near Carbondale

Aspen Times Staff Report
Aspen, CO Colorado

CARBONDALE – Crews from federal land management agencies are beginning a prescribed burn project Monday that will affect 140 acres along Prince Creek Road, 10 miles south of Carbondale.

Firefighters from the Upper Colorado River Fire Management Unit planned to burn a “black line” around the perimeter of the area Monday afternoon. They intend to ignite vegetation in the burn area Tuesday and Wednesday, weather permitting, according to a press release from the U.S. Bureau of Land Management.

The work is expected to produce a large amount of smoke that will be visible from Carbondale and elsewhere in the midvalley. Prince Creek Road will remain open but the public is being asked to avoid the area, if possible, to reduce traffic congestion.

The prescribed burn is designed to clean up the site of a fuels reduction project from two years ago. Crews thinned oak brush and other vegetation from 195 acres of public land adjacent to the Prince Creek subdivision.

The burning will occur this week only if conditions remain favorable. About 20 firefighters will be at the site to manage the fire.

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