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Squaw Creek Prescribed Fire

Unit Information

BLM Rocky Mountain District Fire
3028 East Main Street
Canon City, CO 81212

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A map showing the location of the Squaw Creek prescribed fire unit, 17 miles west of Saguache, Colorado. Image options: [ Full Size ]

May 14, 2021, 7:30 p.m.

Today, crews from BLM-Rocky Mountain District Fire and U.S. Forest Service-Rio Grande National Forest were successful in completing the 549-acre Squaw Creek prescribed burn 17 miles west of Saguache.

Crews will be on scene into the weekend to monitor as interior fuels continue to smolder and burn. 

Smoke may be visible through the day on Saturday and Sunday. With cooler temperatures and lighter winds in the evenings, smoke may linger in the valley and low-lying areas.

Precipitation is expected over the burn area on Monday and Tuesday.

This will be the last update unless significant activity occurs. 

Squaw Creek Prescribed Fire Contact Information:

Fire Information Office: (719) 315-0690



May 14, 2021, 09:30 a.m.

Conditions are right for BLM-Rocky Mountain District Fire and the Rio Grande National Forest to conduct the Squaw Creek prescribed burn today, May 14. Ignitions are beginning now and will continue into the afternoon. 

Smoke may be visible in the area both during and after the burn operations. Smoke will be most visible during the warmest part of the day. With cooler temperatures in the evening, smoke may linger and accumulate in low-lying areas. 

The burn will treat a total of approximately 549 acres - 297 acres of BLM land and 252 acres of US Forest Service land - to reduce accumulated fuels and improve resiliency of the timber stand. The prescribed burn is expected to take two days. Crews will remain in the area through the weekend to monitor the burn and take containment actions as necessary.

Further updates will be posted to this page and to the BLM Colorado Fire Facebook page as they become available. 

Squaw Creek Prescribed Fire Contact Information:
Fire Information Office: (719) 315-0690

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypePrescribed Fire
Location17 miles west of Saguache, CO
Incident CommanderJohn Markalunas, Prescribed Fire Burn Boss
Incident DescriptionThis 549 Acre Unit Is A Joint Project Between The Blm And Usfs Approximately 17 Miles West Of Saguache, Co. Approximately 297 Acres Are Within The San Luis Valley Fo Of The Rocky Mountain District And 252 Acres Are Within The Rio Grande National Forest, Saguache Ranger District. The Intent Of This Project Is To Improve Forest Health By Reducing Dead And Down Fuel Loading, Increasing Regeneration, Removal Of Trees Infected With Mistletoe And Insects.
Coordinates38.086 latitude, -106.461 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel45
Fuels Involved

Mixed conifer stands composed primarily of Ponderosa pine and Douglas fir, with limber pine, bristlecone pine, pinyon pine, and aspen present in the unit. Surface fuels are sparse bunch grasses, sparse shrubs, and timber litter left from past logging operations.