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San Juan NF Prescribed Fire Program

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

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Incident Contacts

Esther Godson
Email: esther.godson@usda.gov
Phone: 970-385-1219

Pagosa RD Fred Ellis
Email: fellis@fs.fed.us
Phone: 970-264-1541

Dolores RD Matt Traynham
Email: mtraynham@fs.fed.us
Phone: 970-882-6838

Pile Burns planned for Columbine Ranger District

San Juan NF Prescribed Fire Program Prescribed Fire
News – 11/27/2019

Media Contact: Esther Godson  Email: esther.godson@usda.gov  Telephone: 970-385-1219 



Durango, CO., November 27, 2019 - TheSan Juan National Forest Columbine Ranger District plans to burn slash piles beginning in early December. These piles were generated from forest thinning projects to improve forest health, resiliency, and mitigate wildfire risk. Although burning could continue through April, these activities should not affect public access or use of the forest.  Operations typically take place after snowfall and firefighters will ignite and closely monitor pile-burning activities.  

The slash piles are located in the Rockwood area north of Hermosa; smoke may be visible from Highway 550. Additional piles are between the Enchanted Forest and Tween Lakes subdivisions on the north side of CR 240; smoke may be visible in those subdivisions and along CR 240.

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

For additional information on Columbine Ranger District area pile burns, please contact the Columbine Ranger District office at (970) 884-1425.

For information on prescribed burns, wildfires and fire restrictions on the San Juan National Forest, call 970 247- 4874, or visit the Forest Website at: http://www.fs.usda.gov/sanjuan/ and follow us on Twitter at: https://twitter.com/SanJuanNF

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