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Blue Ridge Prescribed Burn

Unit Information

Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests and Pawnee National Grassland
U.S. Forest Service
2150 Centre Avenue Bldg. E
Fort Collins, CO 80526

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The U.S. Forest Service’s Arapaho National Forest is preparing to apply prescribed fire in the area known as “Blue Ridge” south of Hot Sulphur Springs and southwest of Granby, Colo.

Implementing prescribed fire is the next step in the Blue Ridge Salvage and Fuels Reduction Project, an on-going effort to reduce the risk of wildfire to communities and improve forest health conditions in Grand County. Burning could take place in the fall and spring, and fire managers hope to start with a few small units (about 500 acres total) later this fall in the northernmost portion of the project area, between Big Meadows and Cottonwood Pass.

The area is part of the Wildland-Urban Interface formed by the towns of Granby, Hot Sulphur Springs and the Fraser Valley. Improving conditions in this area is a key component of the Hot Sulphur, Fraser and Grand County Community Wildfire Protection Plans.

Learn more about prescribed fire at: https://smokeybear.com/en/about-wildland-fire/benefits-of-fire/prescribed-fires

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypePrescribed Fire
Date of OriginSunday October 28th, 2018 approx. 10:00 AM
LocationHot Sulphur Springs, Colo.
Incident CommanderMark Mendonca
Incident DescriptionGoal Is To Burn Approximately 500 Acres In Fall 2018/spring 2019
Coordinates40.041 latitude, -106.089 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel30
Fuels Involved

Lodgepole, aspen, shrub

Outlook

Planned Actions

Fire managers are taking advantage of an ideal weather window to use prescribed fire under a controlled set of conditions to reduce the buildup of fuel in this area.

Projected Incident Activity

October-November 2018

Remarks

Sign up for updates at blueridgerxgrand@gmail.com. Burn notices are emailed 1-2 days prior to ignition.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Ideal conditions for implementation will include temperatures between 40-75 deg F; relative humidity 25-60%; wind speeds less than 10 mph, and precipitation in the short-term forecast.