Smoke could be visible from prescribed burn in Jackson County |

Smoke could be visible from prescribed burn in Jackson County

Smoke will be visible from the Arapaho National Wildlife Refuge during the week of Sept. 22, if weather conditions are favorable. Refuge managers are planning to burn 350 acres of grass, sagebrush and rabbitbrush. The prescribed burn area is near the north end of the Illinois River on Arapaho NWR managed land.

Objectives of the burn are for habitat improvement and to lessen the amount of hazardous vegetation. Using fire in this area will invigorate grasses to improve forage and cover for wildlife.

Public land managers prepare burn plans that analyze and set parameters for safe controlled burning. Precautions are taken, such as mowing the grass around the historical structures, to ensure the burns can be carried out safely with little risk to private property and other values. By using prescribed fire, fire crews can operate when weather conditions and fuel moisture are right to achieve the desired results.

Colorado State Air Pollution Division smoke permits have been obtained, and burning will be conducted only on days that indicate appropriate levels of smoke dispersal to lessen impacts to neighboring residents and the town of Walden. If you have questions or need further information please call Amy Thornburg at 970-723-8202.

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