Firefighters Plan Prescribed Burns
KREX News Room
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo.- In the coming days, you may see some spots of heavy smoke around the area but don't be alarmed.
The federal fire officials from the upper Colorado River Interagency Fire Management Unit are planning four prescribed burns in Mesa County.
Officials say they're still not too sure when exactly the will take place since they have to wait for perfect weather conditions however, they add these burns are vital.
“All of these eco-systems around western Colorado grew up with fire as the main disturbance mechanism,” said Lathan Johnson, UCR Fuels Program Leader. “So a lot of the plants and animals need fire to replenish the nutrients in the soil, to make the fresh growth for the animals.”
These burns will last for days and officials say could be visible from your home pending on what city you live in, but do not call 911 if you see them.
One fire to take note on is the 646-acre "Palisade Watershed Fire" that will happen just 7 miles southeast of town.
The other three fires will occur across the western slope:
"Battlements Prescribed Burn": 890-acre burn lasting 1-2 days
"Indian Creek Prescribed Burn": 1,027 acre burn lasting 2-3 days
"Nick Mountain Prescribed Burn": 1,984 acre burn lasting 2-3 days
NewsChannel 5 will be sure to let you know exactly when they will happen when that information is released.