Mount Harvard Estates, Mount Shavano areas targeted for pile burn activity
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Rocky Mountain District Fire and Aviation Management Unit plans to conduct pile burns in Chaffee County this winter.
Pile burns eliminate slash left behind from forest treatments, which remove beetle-killed timber and other fuels to reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfires. They also help create various stages of plant succession, which is critical to the health of fire-adapted forests.
The planned burns will remove the leftover piled fuels but may burn some nearby live vegetation in the project area, the BLM said. Vegetation removal helps implement Chaffee County’s Community Wildfire Protection Plan, designed to protect our most important assets from the effects of wildfire incidents.
This winter, the BLM is targeting:
- 1,250 hand-built piles among piñon pine, juniper and grass in the Mount Harvard Estates subdivision 5.5 miles north of Buena Vista. The project area is one-half mile east of Highway 24, and immediately north and east of the subdivision.
- 500 hand-built piles among piñon pine, juniper, ponderosa pine, and Douglas fir in the Mount Shavano area located 3.5 miles north of Highway 50, 3.5 miles west of Highway 285, and 5.5 miles northwest of Poncha Springs.
Check out a BLM interactive map that shows the forest treatment locations. You can enter your address and see where your home is located in relation to the planned pile burn areas.
Smoke from the pile burns will be visible throughout the day of the burn, mostly during the warmest part of the day. With cooler temperatures in the evening, smoke may accumulate in low-lying areas, the BLM said. As weather and other conditions become favorable to conduct this work, information is available on Inciweb and on Facebook at @BLMColoradoFire.
Curious how prescribed burns like pile burns are planned and executed? Learn more today!
Concerned about prescribed fire smoke? Visit the Colorado Air Pollution Control Division’s website for helpful information.