Fire Crews Announce Plans For Three Prescribed Burns
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo.- Federal fire officials from the Upper Colorado River Interagency Fire Management Unit are planning three prescribed burns in October. The Bureau of Land Management and town of Palisade, plan to burn 200 acres of oak brush and mountain shrubs in the Palisade Watershed, about seven miles southeast of Palisade. Officials say smoke will be visible throughout the Grand Valley. Firefighters also hope to burn about 360 acres of aspen this fall, on BLM lands on the Roan Plateau, nine miles northwest of Rifle. Crews are conducting this burn to stimulate resprouting of aspen suffering from Sudden Aspen Decline. This burn should take up to two days. The third burn will be done by the Blanco Ranger District of the White River National Forest. It should be an 850 to 1,500 acres burn in the Aldrich Lakes Area, northwest of Meeker. Officials anticipate this burn to take up to four days to accomplish.