SILVER CITY, N.M., Feb. 12, 2015 – As part of a continuing program to reduce hazardous fuels, improve forest health and enhance wildlife habitat, fire managers are preparing to conduct a prescribed fire around the Bar Six area. This is a 650-acre broadcast burn, less than one mile southwest of the Flying A subdivision and approximately 12 miles southwest of Silver City, N.M. off Forest Road (FR) 851, also called Red Rock Road, and FR 118.The project may begin either the week of or depending on conditions. Once the project is started, ignitions could continue two to four days. The project area will be signed and posted for public safety. Smoke will be noticeable during days of ignitions and may linger at night and early morning.
Prescribed fire is an effective tool managers use to lower the risk of future severe wildfire. Implementation of the project will depend onavailability of personnel and equipment, New Mexico Environment Department Air Quality Bureau approval and the appropriate conditions.Fire managers follow a burn plan that outlines the “prescription” or environmental conditions such as temperature, wind, fuel moisture, ventilation, and humidity that need to be met before the project begins.
Further information may be obtained by contacting Randy Gomez, District Fire Management Officer or Fabian Montano, Fuels Specialist at (575) 388-8201.
Aqueduct Prescribed Fire planned for St. Patrick's Day ignition
Crews plan to continue ignitions on the Aqueduct Prescribed Fire, weather and air quality conditions permitting, on Tuesday, March 17th. Ignitions should take one day to complete.
This 125-acre project in the Jeffrey pine forest is east of Highway 395 near Bald Mountain (northeast of Deadman Summit).
Smoke from this project will be visible from Highway 395, Highway 158, Highway 120 East, June Mountain Ski Area, Mammoth Mountain Ski Area, and the Bald Mountain Road.
Prescribed fires are conducted when weather and fuel moisture conditions are within prescription to safely accomplish the project objectives. By prescribing the fire under optimum weather conditions, managers simulate the natural role of fire. This reduces forest competition, opens gaps in the forest canopy for sunlight to shine through, and recycles nutrients to the soil for re-growth. Fire was a frequent event in the Jeffrey pine forest, occurring naturally every 10-15 years.
Pile Burning Planned on Grand Mesa
Delta, Colo., (March 16, 2015) – The Grand Valley Ranger District of the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests plans to burn approximately 27 piles in the Island Lake and Church Camp areas on the Grand Mesa. The piles consist of slash (branches and trees) from the parking lot expansion at Island Lake and from hazard tree removal at the Church Camp. Fire officials anticipate that conditions will be suitable to burn the piles on Tuesday and possibly Wednesday, March 17 and 18. Fire personnel will be onsite to ignite and monitor the burning through-out the day.
The pile burning may cause smoke to be seen from the Grand Valley and elsewhere. Fire officials, working with the National Weather Service have identified a burn “window” where weather, smoke dispersal and ground conditions are projected to be within prescribed parameters to safely burn the piles. Extensive planning for this project has occurred. Forest staff developed a “detailed burn plan” to provide for safe and effective operations.
Firefighter and public safety is of primary concern. Conditions must be consistent with the prescribed burn plans and meet the requirements of smoke permits issued by the State of Colorado. Burning will occur only if weather, staffing and smoke dispersal conditions are compliant.
For information on prescribed burns, wildfires and fire restrictions on National Forest System lands and other areas, call the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests Fire Information line at 970.874.6602, visit the GMUG Forest website (www.fs.usda.gov/gmug), Twitter https://twitter.com/GMUG_NF (#GMUGNF).
The Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre & Gunnison National Forests manage approximately 3 million acres of land in Southwest Colorado within Delta, Garfield, Gunnison, Hinsdale, Mesa, Montrose, Ouray, Saguache, San Juan and San Miguel counties.
Boise BLM to conduct black line controlled burn next week
The Boise District BLM will be conducting a black line controlled burn on or around rd and could extend till mid-May 2015 depending on weather conditions. The South Mountain Treatment Unit 1 is first of 5 units to be burned for the USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS) periodically each year. South Mountain is located approximately 20 miles south of Jordan Valley and 4 miles northeast of Cliffs, Idaho in Owyhee County. Black lining the perimeter of the unit is used to reduce fuels and establish control lines for the research burn of the interior scheduled this fall. It is estimated that a minimum of 15 acres will be black lined prior to fall unit ignition. The purpose of the project is to provide ARS the opportunity to evaluate and model the effects of juniper removal on snow accumulation, snowmelt, and snowdrift, stream flow and sedimentation and vegetation recovery at the landscape scale. The BLM’s goal is to use a landscape scale juniper treatment that mimics natural processes, specifically girdling/cutting and prescribed fire to remove 100% of juniper from these watersheds, thereby creating conditions necessary for ARS to conduct research. The South Mountain Treatment Unit 1 is a total of 87 acres.
Strategic Fuel Break Fenceline Burning
The Boise District BLM will be conducting controlled burns along roadsides and adjacent fencelines within the Birds of Prey National Conservation Area (NCA) and Bruneau Field Office (BFO) on or around March 23rd and could extend till mid- May 2015 depending on weather conditions. The purpose of the project is to reduce the spread of wildfires and hazardous fuel buildup (tumble weeds) along fencelines. Burning this spring will be approximately 10-50 miles of roadway/fenceline depending on fuel build-up and logistical needs.
USFS firefighters to monitor pile fires east of Gold Lake
BOULDER, Colo. – (Mar. 16, 2015) U.S. Forest Service firefighters will continue to monitor slash piles lit last week east of Gold Lake.There are no plans to ignite additional piles today. To receive updates on pile burning activities in the Boulder Ranger District area email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 303-541-2532.