Fire managers from the Bureau of Land Management Southwest Colorado Fire and Aviation Management Unit are planning to conduct prescribed fires on public lands approximately five miles northwest of Bayfield next week (starting April 15) or when conditions warrant.
The 286-acre Rabbit Mountain Project Prescribed Fire is planned to restore and maintain ecosystem health by reducing fuel loads, thereby reducing wildfire risks in the area. A detailed burn plan outlines the parameters for prescribed burns.
The prescribed fires may take several days to complete once initiated, and will be monitored throughout the process to ensure public safety. While smoke may be visible, most of the smoke will lift and dissipate during the warmest parts of the day.
Prescribed fire smoke may affect your health. For more information, visit www.colorado.gov/pacific/cdphe/wood-smoke-and-health.
For information on wildfires and restrictions in the area, call 240-1070, visit gacc.nifc.gov/rmcc/dispatch_centers/durango/, or follow on Twitter at www.twitter.com/SWD_Fire and Facebook at www.facebook.com/BLMMontroseFireUnit.