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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

Rebecca Robbins
Phone: 970-422-2671

Lorena Williams
Phone: 970-422-2939

Columbine RD Noah Daniels
Phone: 970-884-1430

Pagosa RD Fred Ellis
Phone: 970-264-1541

Dolores RD Dan Kaufenberg
Phone: 970-882-6844

Highlighted Activity

10/06/2021 San Juan NF to conduct pile burning this fall and winter
Durango, Colo., October 6, 2021— The San Juan National Forest plans to burn slash piles this fall and winter generated from forest thinning and timber sales. Forest thinning projects improve forest.
News - 10/06/2021
Prescribed burns on the SJNF in 2021Image options: [ Full Size ]

 The San Juan National Forest Fuels Management Staff are planning broadcast prescribed burns and pile burns this fall if an optimal weather window presents itself. Due to recent rains, fuel moistures may be too high to conduct broadcast prescribed burning projects. Pile burning may commence in early October.

For district-specific broadcast burn information, please visit the NEWS tab at the top of this page for associated news releases. 

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:

For additional information on planned burns, please contact the San Juan Public Affairs Officer at 970-422-3671.

Basic Information

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