Rocky Mountain National Park plans prescribed burns |

Rocky Mountain National Park plans prescribed burns

This summer, if conditions allow, fire managers from Rocky Mountain National Park are preparing to conduct prescribed burns in the South Lateral Moraine, North Lateral Moraine, and Deer Ridge Junction areas.

The primary goal of the project is to reduce the threat of wildland fire to adjacent communities and park infrastructure by using prescribed fire to reduce the amount of fuel available in the project area.

The South Lateral Moraine burn area is 135 acres of open ponderosa located south of Eagle Cliff Mountain and adjacent to Bear Lake Road. The North Lateral Moraine burn area is 140 acres north of the Moraine Park Visitor Center and south of the junction of Trail Ridge Road and Bear Lake Road. The Deer Ridge Junction burn area is 70 acres northeast of the junction of Trail Ridge Road and Fall River Road.

The first burn to take place will likely be in the South Lateral Moraine area. The burning will only occur if weather and fuel conditions are favorable. Multiple days of ignition will likely occur in each area to limit daily smoke production.

Favorable conditions for burning are anticipated to occur periodically mid-August into the fall. Ignitions will only occur on weekdays with smoldering and smoke emissions lasting for an additional 3-10 days. Smoke will be visible from Highways 66, Bear Lake Road, Trail Ridge Road, and Fall River Road as well as other locations in the park.

No trail closures are anticipated but visitors hiking past active burn areas may be escorted by fire personnel through the area.

For more information call the park’s information office at (970) 586-1206.

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