Prescribed burns to occur in Grand County over next few weeks
Skies southwest of Kremmling are likely to be a lot smokier in coming weeks as the Bureau of Land Management prepares to conduct a series of prescribed fires across portions of Grand and Eagle counties.
The prescribed fires will be conducted by the fire managers from the Northwest Colorado Fire Management Unit. The fires will occur on Bureau of Land Management and Colorado Parks and Wildlife lands.
A statement from the BLM does not give an exact timeline for when the prescribed burning will occur but states the fires will be conducted in coming weeks when conditions warrant. Prescribed burning in Grand County will occur on a 90-acre section called the Geico Prescribed Fire. The fire will be located in Grand County in the Dry Gulch area southwest of Kremmling along the Trough Road.
A second prescribed burning will impact both Grand and Eagle Counties on a 350-acre segment BLM officials are referring to as the Dry Gulch Prescribed Fire. That fire will also be conducted along Trough Road roughly 11 miles southwest of Kremmling.
Officials from the BLM warn that smoke from the fires may be visible from nearby communities and roads. According to officials, the smoke should dissipate during the day, “but may remain on the valley floors as temperatures drop”.
Fire managers have obtained smoke permits from the state for the prescribed burning working according to the BLM and a detailed fire plan has been developed. Officials said the prescribed burning will hopefully “reduce pinyon-juniper expansion” while also restoring sagebrush communities.
Prescribed fires reduce dense vegetation and other fuels to lower the risk of large wildfires and stimulate new vegetation growth that benefits wildlife, according to the BLM.
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