Prescribed burn between Granby, Hot Sulphur Springs could begin as early as next week |

Prescribed burn between Granby, Hot Sulphur Springs could begin as early as next week

The Blue Ridge area south of Hot Sulphur Springs.

A prescribed burn for the Blue Ridge area, between Granby and Hot Sulphur Springs, could start as soon as next week, according to officials.

The U.S. Forest Service’s Arapaho National Forest is preparing to apply prescribed fire in the area as cooler temperatures and precipitation are in the local forecast. The first units are located in the northwest portion of the project area, between Big Meadows and Cottonwood Pass — about 500 total acres. Fire managers will be looking for a window with the right amount of wind, fuel moisture, temperature and precipitation in the forecast to allow the controlled fire to burn the desired fuels.

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.

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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