Federal Fire Officials Plan Long-Range Prescribed Burning Objective
November 9, 2015
Grand Junction, Colo. –Federal fire officials from the Upper Colorado River Interagency Fire Management Unit plan to ignite Western Slope prescribed fires through March.
The fires will target slash piles remaining from ongoing fuel reduction, cutting projects. Officials will ignite fires when conditions meet specific guidelines for safety and smoke dispersion.
“The remaining slash presents a hazard for future wildfires,” said Jeff Phillips, fire management specialist with the Bureau of Land Management. “We’re planning these necessary burns over a long period of time so we can burn when conditions are ideal.”
Phillips says officials will ignite the slash piles three miles east of Palisade and piles 12 miles south of Gateway when conditions in the prescription for the fires are met.
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For more information on these prescribed fires, contact Jeff Phillips at (970) 244-3000.