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Southwest District BLM Prescribed Fire

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Phone: 970-403-5576
Hours: M-F 9-4

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#BeAdvised BLM Southwest District loves the recent snow that gives us an opportunity to prescribe burn piles this week on the Gunnison Field Office BLM-administered lands in the Baldy Pine area.  The project area is located approx. 14 miles west of Powderhorn, CO and 4 miles west of Highway 149. If conditions are favorable, piles of beetle kill lodgepole pine slash from a timber sale will be… Read more
Announcement - 2022-12-07

The Bureau of Land Management Southwest District plans to conduct several prescribed burns beginning early October or as conditions allow. The prescribed burn projects will be on the Gunnison, Tres Rios and Uncompahgre Field Offices. The planned burns are part of larger projects to reduce hazardous fuels; protect wildland-urban interface communities; improve big game habitat, sage grouse habitat, and range conditions; and reintroduce fire to a fire-adapted ecosystem to restore healthy forests and species diversity.  

While no road closures are expected during the projects, camping near the units is discouraged due to increased traffic and likelihood of smoke in the area, particularly at night. Multiple days of burning may occur throughout the fall into the winter, as fuel conditions and weather permit. Project areas will be monitored once completed to ensure public safety. While smoke may be visible in the burn area at times, most of the smoke will lift and dissipate during the warmest parts of the day. Expect visible smoke in the area for several days after each burn is completed as vegetation in the interior continues to smolder. 

The BLM obtained smoke permits from the Colorado State Air Pollution Control Division, which identify atmospheric conditions under which the burns can be implemented. Prescribed fire smoke may affect your health. For more information, visit

Specific information on upcoming prescribed burn projects can be found in the News section.

Basic Information
Current as of Wed, 12/07/2022 - 20:12
Incident Type Prescribed Fire
Coordinates 37° 54' 9'' Latitude
-108° 49'
'' Longitude
Current Situation
Percent of Perimeter Contained 0%