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San Juan NF Prescribed Fire Program

Unit Information

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

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Incident Contacts

Lorena Williams
Email: lorena.williams@usda.gov
Phone: 970-422-2939

Columbine RD Noah Daniels
Email: noah.daniels@usda.gov
Phone: 970-884-1430

Pagosa RD Fred Ellis
Email: fred.ellis@usda.gov
Phone: 970-264-1541

Dolores RD Dan Kaufenberg
Email: daniel.kaufenberg@usda.gov
Phone: 970-882-6844

Highlighted Activity

01/19/2022 San Juan NF to conduct pile burning near the Chicken Creek Area
This Thursday, Jan 20, 2020, the Dolores Ranger District Fire and Fuels staff plan to burn slash piles near Joe Moore Reservoir. The project is situated in Montezuma County, in the Millwood/Chicken..
News - 01/19/2022
Piles burn on a snowy day in December 2021Image options: [ Full Size ]

The San Juan National Forest Fuels Management Staff are planning pile burns this winter during optimal weather windows, primarily after snowfall.

Planned pile burns:

Dolores Ranger District

  •  This Thursday, Jan 20, 2020, the Dolores Ranger District Fire and Fuels staff plan to burn slash piles near Joe Moore Reservoir. The project is situated in Montezuma County, in the Millwood/Chicken Creek area of the district, north of Mancos off FSR 559. We plan to burn 300 piles, weather and conditions permitting. Smoke will be visible from Highway 184 and Highway 160, but should stay away from populated areas. Signs will be posted to notify the public of prescribed burning activity near the treatment area.  Ignitions of the piles will not start before 9am and continue past 3pm on Thursday, January 20th. There is no need to contact dispatch about smoke seen from this prescribed burn.

Reintroduction of fire is necessary to improve and restore vegetative conditions. This effort will reduce hazardous ground fuels, lessen the risk of unplanned large-scale wildfire, help restore ecosystems, and improve wildlife habitat. Prescribed fire also reduces the ladder fuels that can carry fire into the canopy, killing mature trees. 

Prescribed fire smoke may affect your health. For information, visit: https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/cdphe/wood-smoke-and-health.

For additional information on planned burns, please contact the San Juan Public Affairs Officer at 970-422-2939.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypePrescribed Fire
Date of OriginMonday November 18th, 2019 approx. 10:00 AM
Coordinates37.279 latitude, -107.882 longitude