Prescribed burn on Cottonwood Pass delayed |

Prescribed burn on Cottonwood Pass delayed

Sky-Hi staff report
Local citizens may notice smoke in the skies above Grand County this week as officials from the USFS prepare to initiate a prescribed burn on the Blue Ridge near Cottonwood Pass.
Courtesy photo

The Blue Ridge Prescribed Burn has been delayed to the end of the month because of poor conditions for fire.

At the end of September, the U.S. Forest Service announced the prescribed burn work could begin as early as Oct. 1. However, warm temperatures, dry conditions and low relative humidity delayed the project, according to the Forest Service.

Fire managers continue to monitor the area for the right conditions and hope to start ignitions later this month.

The work this season is a continuation of the Blue Ridge Burn project, which started last year with crews burning 438 acres.

This year, fire managers are targeting 700 acres in the Cottonwood Pass area in between Granby and Hot Sulphur Springs.

The project’s goal is to reduce wildfire risk and improve forest management, which are key components to the Community Wildfire Protection Plans for Grand County, Hot Sulphur Springs and Fraser.

Prescribed fire, also called a controlled burn, is done under very specific environmental conditions and utilizes existing fire breaks or new ones to contain the fire.

The latest information on the Blue Ridge Prescribed Fire is available on its Inciweb page.

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