About 500 acres to be burned during prescribed fire in Blue Ridge area south of Hot Sulphur | SkyHiNews.com

About 500 acres to be burned during prescribed fire in Blue Ridge area south of Hot Sulphur

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The U.S. Forest Service's Arapaho National Forest is preparing to apply prescribed fire in the area known as Blue Ridge, south of Hot Sulphur Springs and southwest of Granby, according to officials.

Implementing prescribed fire is the next step in the Blue Ridge Salvage and Fuels Reduction Project, an ongoing effort to reduce the risk of wildfire to communities and improve forest health conditions in Grand County.

Burning could take place in the fall and spring, and fire managers hope to start with a few small units — about 500 acres total — this fall in the northernmost portion of the project area, between Big Meadows and Cottonwood Pass.

The area is part of the Wildland-Urban Interface formed by the towns of Granby, Hot Sulphur Springs and the Fraser Valley. Improving conditions in this area is a key component of the Hot Sulphur, Fraser and Grand County Community Wildfire Protection Plans.

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