The Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison (GMUG) National Forests have announced their fall prescribed burn plans. Six areas are tentatively planned for treatment between mid-October and November.
Gunnison National Forest (East Zone):
• Los Pinos: Located approximately 35 miles southeast of Gunnison, in the Cochetopa Park area. Approximately 1,200 acres are planned for treatment.
• West Elk: Located approximately 14 miles west of Gunnison and 5 miles north of Blue Mesa Reservoir. Approximately 600 acres are planned for treatment.
Uncompahgre National Forest (North and West Zones):
• Rocky Pitch: Located approximately 25 miles south of Grand Junction on the south rim of Unaweep Canyon. Approximately 400 acres are planned for treatment.
• Glencoe Pine: Located approximately 13 miles northeast of Nucla off of National Forest System Road (NFSR) #503 (25 Mesa Road). Approximately 500 acres are planned for treatment.
• Western Implementation Unit #5: Located approximately 7 miles southeast of Norwood near NFSR #516 (Goodenough Road). Approximately 650 acres are planned for treatment.
• 25 Mesa: Located approximately 16 miles southwest of Delta, south of 25 Mesa Guard Station, with units on either side of NFSR #503 (25 Mesa Road). Approximately 1,300 acres are planned for treatment.
A prescribed burn is a wildland fire originating from a planned ignition and is used to improve wildlife habitat, reduce hazardous vegetation (fuels) build-up and increase timber stand health and diversity. Fire Management Officers and Fuels Specialists spend countless hours developing detailed prescribed fire plans that dictate weather conditions, staffing and safety requirements. Burns are ignited only if conditions are conducive to a safe, effective burn and within appropriate smoke dispersal parameters set by the State. Prescribed fire smoke may affect your health, for more information see: www.colorado.gov/cdphe/wood-smoke-and-health