Prescribed fire planned for Blue Ridge area |

Prescribed fire planned for Blue Ridge area

The Sulphur Ranger District plans to conduct a prescribed fire in the Blue Ridge area approximately four miles south of Hot Sulphur Springs and eight miles southwest of Granby in early May.

About 25 fire personnel, including two fire engines as well as local volunteer fire department personnel, will conduct the burn. The burn will be implemented under stringent weather, fuel moisture, smoke dispersal and staffing conditions, and will only be conducted if conditions are right. Because of the burn’s location, smoke generated by the prescribed fire might be visible from Hot Sulphur Springs, Granby, Fraser, Tabernash and Winter Park.

The Blue Ridge Prescribed Fire is part of the implementation of the district’s comprehensive prescribed fire program. Forest Service fire managers plan to broadcast burn up to 500 acres this year to improve wildlife habitat, reduce hazardous fuels and encourage aspen regeneration.

For information during the burn, call the recorded incident information line at (970) 887-4134. If anyone in the area has smoke allergies, contact Tammy Williams at (970) 295-6693 or to be put on an e-mail or call list for notifications the days of the burn.

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