On Sept. 15, the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM), the Front Range Fire and Aviation Management Unit, and the Rio Grande National Forest will conduct a prescribed burn in the Squaw Creek area, approximately 17 miles west of Saguache.

Bureau of Land Management Logo (courtesy BLM)

“Once started, the burn is expected to take several days to complete,” said Brant Porter in comments in a BLM press release. “There will be at least 25 firefighters on scene for the duration of the burn.”

While small wildfires are burning in other parts of the state, the BLM has indicated that it will not initiate actions unless conditions are safe.

“We will not initiate the prescribed burn until the conditions are right to achieve the objectives of the project,” said Tyler Webb, BLM Front Range Fire management officer in the press release from the BLM. He added, “Reducing hazardous fuels and achieving resource benefits in the project area are priorities for the operation.”

The BLM’s goal with the burn is to treat approximately 297 acres of BLM land and 252 acres of U.S. Forest Service land to reduce accumulated fuels and improve the resiliency of the timber stand. The BLM said, “Targeted fuels include diseased or infected Douglas fir, decadent grasses, and other ground fuels that have accumulated since previous treatments.”

Smoke from prescribed fires may affect your health. For more information, please visit the Colorado Air Pollution Control Division’s website. Those looking for additional information are encouraged to contact Scott Nilson, BLM Prescribed Fire and Fuels Specialist at (719) 852-8150.