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Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve
National Park Service
11500 Highway 150 Mosca Colorado 81146

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Great Sand Dunes National Park Postpones Planned Liberty Prescribed Burn

Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve has postponed the Liberty prescribed burning operation that was planned on up to 3,300 acres near the park’s northern boundary.“For any prescribed fire, we want to make sure the conditions are favorable and that we minimize impacts on the surrounding communities,” said Mike Lewelling, Great Sand Dunes Fire Management Officer. “Right now the wind and weather conditions are not ideal for the planned prescribed burn. Additionally, the Decker Fire located nine miles south of Salida, Colorado, in the Sangre de Cristo Wilderness is already impacting the surrounding communities and we don’t want to add to the cumulative impact.”The park will not reschedule the Liberty prescribed burn this fall to avoid impacting upcoming hunting seasons. If conditions allow, the park plans to conduct the Liberty prescribed burn in the spring.“We appreciate all the work that our partners at Rio Grande National Forest put into helping us plan this operation and also their patience as we postpone it to a future date,” said Pam Rice, Great Sand Dunes National Park Superintendent.“Prescribed burning is an important part of fire management on public land. We look forward to working with our partners in the future to conduct projects like this that will ultimately help reduce the risk of high intensity high severity fires and make it safer for local communities,” added Rice.To learn more about the role of prescribed fire on National Park Service lands visit

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Incident TypePrescribed Fire
Coordinates37.917 latitude, -105.654 longitude