Firefighters continue burning slash piles on lands within Kremmling Field Office
KREMMLING — Firefighters from the Northwest Colorado Interagency Fire Management Unit will continue burning slash piles on several locations on Bureau of Land Management lands managed by the Kremmling Field Office.
Crews only burn slash piles when a minimum of three-inches of snow is on the ground and weather conditions allow for a safe, effective burn and good smoke dispersal. The number of days required to complete each area may vary. The slash is the result of past work to thin and clear vegetation to reduce the risk of unwanted wildfires and improve wildlife habitat.
Firefighters are planning to continue burning piles through April as conditions allow in the following locations:
- North of Tabernash in the Strawberry area in Grand County. Approximately 50 piles that should take about two days to complete. Smoke may be visible from Tabernash, Granby, and U.S. 40.
- East of Kremmling and north of Hot Sulphur Springs in the Smith Mesa area in Grand County. Approximately 500 piles that should be completed within 20 days. Smoke may be visible from Hot Sulphur Springs as well as U.S. 40.
- Northeast of Rand in the Owl Mountain area in Jackson County. Approximately 100 piles that should take up to 10 days to complete. Smoke may be visible from Jackson County Roads 27, 21, and Highway 125. These may also temporarily close the groomed snowmobile trail in the area.
- Gore Lakes subdivision in Grand County. Approximately 100 piles that should take up to five days to complete. Smoke may be visible from Highway 134 and Grand County Road 134.
- Grouse Mountain, Northeast of Kremmling and Northwest of Parshall. Approximately 50 piles should take about three days to complete. Smoke may be visible from Highway 40 and surrounding county roads in the area.
Prescribed fire smoke may affect your health. For more information see http://www.colorado.gov/cdphe/wood-smoke-and-health. Please contact CW Portell, fuels specialist, at 970-724-3033 for more information.
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