Prescribed Burns for Park County

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Prescribed Burns for Park County

Post by ParkBull » Tue Sep 10, 2019 6:25 pm

South Park Ranger District to Conduct Prescribed Burns on up to 800 Acres in Park County

Will reduce wildfire risk and intensity and improve wildlife habitat

FAIRPLAY, Colo., September 10, 2019 – Fire managers on the South Park Ranger District of the Pike National Forest will take advantage of favorable conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality and forecasted weather, when they occur to conduct several prescribed burns on about 800 acres in these locations: south and southwest of Lake George; near Blue Mountain; at the Echo/Beaver Valley Ranches; and Obrien Gulch. The attached map shows the planned locations.

The prescribed fires are planned to be low intensity, meaning they mostly stay on the surface. Surface burning reduces the amount of timber needles and woody debris on the forest floor, kills some of the smallest trees, and removes most of the low-hanging branches of larger trees. These, in turn, lessen the chance that a high-intensity wildfire will occur. Prescribed burning also helps to restore the health of conifer stands and aspen groves by recycling nutrients and causing grass and shrubs to re-sprout for wildlife habitat.

Ignitions depend on certain conditions - those described in the detailed burn plans – being met, and generally occur in early October through early November. The exact dates will depend on conditions on the ground. When burning does occur, it can last up to several days. Fire managers immediately stop burning when conditions are outside of their set parameters.

During the burning, expect smoke to be visible from Highway 24. Smoke may linger in the air for several days after ignition is completed. Fire managers follow requirements set by Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, Air Pollution Control Division’s permit process to reduce negative smoke impacts. Prescribed fire smoke may affect your health. For more information, please visit: ... and-health .

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