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Fire managers on the San Juan National Forest are planning to conduct a number of prescribed burns fall 2016 through spring 2017 to reduce buildup of hazardous fuels, restore forest health, and improve wildlife habitat.

Prescribed fires are an essential tool for restoring forest health in a fire adapted ecosystem. Fire is a natural and essential process that cannot be replaced by any mechanical means. Our forest historically relied on frequent low severity fire as a necessary process that results in a healthier forest by reducing accumulated vegetation and recycling valuable nutrients into the soil.

All prescribed fire projects will be conducted in accordance with an approved burn plan. Fire managers carefully develop burn plans and implement only when environmental conditions are ideal, assuring firefighter and public safety. Plans for prescribed burns contain a set of parameters that define the desired weather and fuel conditions under which a prescribed fire may be ignited. These conditions are continuously monitored by fire personnel through the treatment process.

During prescribed fire activity smoke will be visible and is an unavoidable byproduct. Fire managers strive to minimize smoke impacts to the community as much as possible. This is accomplished by monitoring air quality, cancelling approved burns if conditions are not favorable, timing ignitions to allow smoke to disperse prior to settling overnight, burning larger sections to ultimately limit the number of days for smoke, and burning when winds and other atmospheric conditions will lessen the impact to residence. All prescribed burns are subject to approval by the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment- Air Pollution Control Division.

Planned Prescribed Burns

Additional prescribed burns may be added throughout the season as information becomes available.

Pagosa Ranger District

Brockover RX

800 acres will be burned in the area of Turkey Springs Forest Road 629, pending favorable weather conditions

Archuleta RX

1,500 acres will be burned near the area of Chimney Rock and Highway 151, pending favorable weather conditions.

Columbine Ranger District

Pargin RX

6,000 acres will be burned south of Highway 160 in the area of HD Mountains near Yellowjacket Pass and Fosset Gulch. This burn is expected to last 1-2 weeks pending favorable weather conditions.

Dolores Ranger District

South Carver RX

1,424 acres will be burned in the Haycamp Mesa area South of Forest Roads 556 and 557, pending favorable weather conditions.

Trimble Point RX

1,514 acres will be burned south of the Lone Mesa State Park area south of Forest Road 514 and adjacent to Forest Road 523 and 523.A, pending favorable weather conditions.

Guard Station RX

352 acres will be burned in the Lake Canyon Area west of Forest Road 506, south along Forest Roads 506.K1 and 506.K2, pending favorable weather conditions.

Updates provided regularly via @SanJuanNF on Twitter or by visiting San Juan National Forest

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypePrescribed Fire
LocationSan Juan National Forest
Incident CommanderTBA

Current Situation

Size10,000 Acres


Planned Actions

Fire managers on the San Juan National Forest have completed plans for the 2016 fall prescribed burns and work is slated to begin early September and continue as weather permits.


Hunters and other forest users should be aware of potential prescribed burns when selecting areas to camp or hunt. Please see attached maps to aid in planning.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Specific burn units are chosen based on favorable weather conditions and fuel moisture.

Unit Information

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San Juan National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
Durango, CO 81301

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