You might see smoke in Grand County this weekend. A prescribed burn is why. |

You might see smoke in Grand County this weekend. A prescribed burn is why.

Sky-Hi staff report

The blue badge in the center of the map shows the site of the upcoming prescribed burn in Grand County.

Following several storms this month, a brief drying period will allow fire managers another opportunity to begin ignitions on the Blue Ridge Prescribed Fire on Sunday, Oct. 28 and Monday, Oct. 29, according to local officials.

Depending on conditions, fire managers hope to complete approximately 100 to 200 acres of burning in the northwest portion of the project area, near Big Meadows and Cottonwood Pass.

Fire managers need the right amount of wind, fuel moisture, temperature and precipitation in the forecast to conduct the burn. Forecasted smoke dispersal conditions and staffing also play a role in whether burning occurs.

Implementing prescribed fire is the next step in the Blue Ridge Salvage and Fuels Reduction Project, an ongoing effort to reduce the risk of wildfire to communities and improve forest health conditions in Grand County.

The area is part of the Wildland-Urban Interface formed by the towns of Granby, Hot Sulphur Springs and the Fraser Valley. Improving conditions in this area is a key component of the Hot Sulphur, Fraser and Grand County Community Wildfire Protection Plans.

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