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San Juan National Forest Winter 2022-23 Prescribed Burn

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15 Burnett Court 
Durango, 
81301 
15 Burnett Court 
Durango, 
81301 

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BAYFIELD, Colo., Oct. 27, 2022 – The San Juan National Forest’s Columbine Ranger District plans to burn slash piles generated from forest thinning and timber sales in in Saul’s Creek, east of Bayfield, Beaver Meadows, northeast of Bayfield, and Junction Creek, northwest of Durango. Forest thinning projects improve forest health and wildlife habitat and reduce the risk of wildfire near private residences and other infrastructure. Thinning slash is piled and burned to remove the debris that would fuel wildfire.

Pile burning will begin as early as late October when there is sufficient snow or rain present to prevent fire spread and will continue as long as conditions allow, possibly through April 2023.  Firefighters will ignite and monitor pile burning activities while heat is present. These activities should not affect public access or use of the forest.

Slash pile location descriptions:  Saul’s Creek near Forest Service Roads (FSRs) 755, 755.A, 131, and 131.C.  Junction Creek near FSR 171, in the Log Chutes trail area. Beaver Meadows near FSRs 135 and 150. Smoke may be visible from U.S. Route 550 and U.S. Route 160.

Burning will only occur when all conditions of the state-issued smoke permit are met. Learn how smoke from wildfires, prescribed burns and pile burns may affect your health by visiting the Colorado Department of Public Health website https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/cdphe/wood-smoke-and-health.

The USDA Forest Service has recently completed a 90-day nationwide operational pause and program review of protocols, decision support tools and practices related to the implementation of prescribed fire.  This pause has allowed us time to identify and immediately implement program improvements to ensure firefighters have the resources, tools and support needed to safely carry out this important work.  The lessons we’ve learned, driven by the best available science, will be implemented before we resume our prescribed fire program.

 

For additional information on this project, please contact the Columbine District Office at (970) 884-2512.

 

For information on prescribed burns, wildfires and fire restrictions on the San Juan National Forest, call (970) 247- 4874, visit the Forest Website at: http://www.fs.usda.gov/sanjuan/  or follow us on Twitter at: https://twitter.com/SanJuanNF

DOLORES, Colo., Oct. 19, 2022 – The San Juan National Forest’s Dolores Ranger District plans to burn slash piles generated from forest thinning and timber sales in areas north of Mancos, east and northeast of Dolores, and east of Dove Creek. Forest thinning projects improve forest health and wildlife habitat and reduce the risk of wildfire near private residences and other infrastructure. Thinning slash is piled and burned to remove the debris that would fuel wildfire.

Pile burning will begin as early as late October when there is sufficient snow or rain present to prevent fire spread and will continue as long as conditions allow, possibly through April 2023.  Firefighters will ignite and monitor pile burning activities while heat is present. These activities should not affect public access or use of the forest.

Slash pile location descriptions:  Chicken Creek area near Forest Service Roads (FSR) 385 and 559 near Joe Moore Reservoir; Haycamp Mesa area near FSRs 556 and 492, south of Beef Pasture Reservoir; in the Taylor Mesa area near FSRs 545 and 547; in the Salter area near FSRs 514 and 519, northwest of Salter Y; and in the Lake Canyon area near FSRs 506, 504, 215 and 216 near Cow Canyon. Smoke may be visible from State Highway 184, State Highway 145, and U.S. Route 491.

Burning will only occur when all conditions of the state-issued smoke permit are met. Learn how smoke from wildfires, prescribed burns and pile burns may affect your health by visiting the Colorado Department of Public Health website https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/cdphe/wood-smoke-and-health.

The USDA Forest Service has recently completed a 90-day nationwide operational pause and program review of protocols, decision support tools and practices related to the implementation of prescribed fire.  This pause has allowed us time to identify and immediately implement program improvements to ensure firefighters have the resources, tools and support needed to safely carry out this important work.  The lessons we’ve learned, driven by the best available science, will be implemented before we resume our prescribed fire program.

 

For additional information on this project, please contact the Dolores District Office at (970) 882-7296.

 

For information on prescribed burns, wildfires and fire restrictions on the San Juan National Forest, call (970) 247- 4874, visit the Forest Website at: http://www.fs.usda.gov/sanjuan/ , or follow us on Twitter at: https://twitter.com/SanJuanNF

 

Basic Information
Current as of Wed, 11/02/2022 - 15:38
Incident Type Prescribed Fire
Location San Juan National Forest
Coordinates 37° 16' 24.2796'' Latitude
-107° 53'
34.8822
'' Longitude