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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

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

Prescribed burns planned this fall in the Dolores Ranger District

San Juan NF Prescribed Fire Program Prescribed Fire
News – 9/24/2021

Dolores, Colo., September 24, 2021– The Dolores Ranger District of the San Juan National Forest is planning to conduct several prescribed burns this fall,  starting as soon as late September through October. Burning operations will take place over multiple days when weather and fuel conditions are favorable. Prescribed burn areas planned for this fall:·       Boggy Draw: 4,331 total acres of all planned units located 3 to 15 miles northeast of Dolores, adjacent to Forest Service Roads 526 (Dolores/Norwood RD), 527, 532, and 249 within the Boggy Draw area. ·       Haycamp Mesa: 4,586 total planned acres located 10 miles east of Dolores, adjacent to Forest Service Roads 556 and 557.  ·       Salter: 3,013 total planned acres located 7 to 15 miles east of Cahone,adjacent to Forest Service Roads 521, 514, and 510 west of Salter Y and Dry Canyon.Burning operations will be conducted by qualified Forest Service personnel, assisted by other fire resources from cooperating agencies using both ground and aerial ignition. Safety of firefighters and the public are the most important factors considered when planning a prescribed burn. During burning operations, smoke will likely be visible from surrounding communities including: Mancos, Dolores, Dove Creek, Cortez, State Highway 145, State Highway 184, U.S. Route 160, and U.S. Route 491 between Dove Creek and Pleasant View. Nighttime smoke may settle into low lying valleys and the Dolores River Canyon. Fire managers will monitor smoke  and ignitions will be scheduled to minimize smoke impacts to communities. Learn how smoke from prescribed fire may affect your health by visiting the Colorado Department of Public Health website  By reducing vegetation and hazardous ground fuels, these prescribed burn projects will reduce the risk of unplanned large-scale wildfire, help restore ponderosa pine ecosystems, and improve wildlife habitat.  The forests in southwest Colorado are part of a fire adapted ecosystem, which historically experienced frequent, low intensity fires on a large scale. Prescribed fire replicates that fire regime under controlled conditions. Prescribed burning operations will begin only when weather, fuels and smoke parameters are met. For additional information, please contact Dan Kaufenberg, Assistant Fire Management Officer (Fuels), Dolores Ranger District (970) 882-6844.  Maps of the prescribed burn units can be found on Inciweb: offices on the San Juan National Forest are currently conducting business and providing services virtually. For information on the San Juan National Forest, call (970) 247-4874, visit the forest website, or follow us on social media (Twitter and Facebook).