The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Front Range Fire and Aviation Management Unit is preparing to conduct pile burns in 10 locations this fall and winter. The list originally included one near Buena Vista that has been postponed. It was tentatively scheduled for this week north of Buena Vista near Mt. Harvard Estates. The snow is melting quickly and is not considered ideal by the BLM for conducting the operation at this time.
Other pile burns began Oct. 30 and will occur through March 2020, depending on favorable weather and fuel moisture conditions.
Public Affairs Specialist Brant Porter explained, “We will continue monitoring conditions and will send out a notification to this list when we plan on revisiting this [Buena Vista proximity] pile burn, which will likely coincide with the next significant snow.”
According to Porter, the objective of the pile burns is to remove the slash left behind from timber harvests and previous fuels-thinning treatments. These timber harvests and fuels treatments remove beetle-killed timber and other fuels, reducing the risk of future catastrophic wildfire. Fuels treatments also help create various stages of plant succession, which is critical to the health of fire-adapted ecosystems.