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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

Deana Harms
Phone: 970-216-3096
Hours: Mon-Sun 9-5

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

Esther Godson
Phone: 970-422-2671

Highlighted Activity

05/04/2021 Haycamp Prescribed Burn Postponed
Conditions remain too damp in the Haycamp Mesa area from yesterday’s storm to meet fire managers prescribed burn objectives. The Haycamp Prescribed Burn located approximately 10 miles east of...
Announcement - 05/04/2021
Prescribed burns on the SJNF in 2021Image options: [ Full Size ]

The San Juan National Forest Fuels Management Staff are planning several prescribed burns this spring. Operations began in April and could continue through May. Prescribed fire projects are weather dependent and may take several weeks to complete. Burning operations will be conducted by U.S. Forest Service personnel assisted by fire resources from cooperating agencies. 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. 
The Dolores Ranger District is planning to conduct several prescribed burns starting in April that may continue throughout the summer and into fall. Project areas identified for burn implementation are: Haycamp Mesa (5,131 acres located 10 miles east of Dolores). Boggy Draw (5,041 acres located 3 to 15 miles northeast of Dolores). Salter (3,904 acres located 7 to 15 miles east of Cahone). Boggy Draw and Haycamp Mesa projects are both tentatively scheduled for the week of May 2nd.

The Pagosa Ranger District is planning to burn approximately 600 acres in the Brockover Mesa/Turkey Springs area this spring. Implementation dates will depend on weather and fuels conditions, but are expected to begin on May 1.

The Columbine Ranger District completed a 1,051-acre prescribed burn in early April in the Beaver Meadows/First Notch areas of the San Juan NF. The Vallecito-Piedra prescribed fire encompasses a total of approximately 3,500 acres between Beaver Creek Road and First Notch Road, north of Highway 160 between Bayfield and Pagosa Springs. The remaining acres are planned for Autumn of 2021.

Prescribed fire smoke may affect your health. For information, visit:

For additional information on planned pile burns, please contact the specific Fuels Management Staff at:

  • Columbine Ranger District (970) 884-2512

  • Dolores Ranger District (970) 882-7296

  • Pagosa Ranger District (970) 264-2268

Basic Information

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