Craig briefs for Sept. 16

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Fire managers from the Northwest Colorado Fire Management Unit are planning a 200-acre prescribed burn today on Douglas Mountain, about two miles southwest of Greystone and 34 miles west of Maybell, in Moffat County.

The project is located on Bureau of Land Management public land and may include a small portion of private land. The burn most likely will take several days to complete, according to a Northwest Colorado Fire Management Unit news release.

Objectives of the Deer Valley prescribed burn are to reduce hazardous fuels in the form of thick sagebrush, pinyon/juniper encroachment and dead material accumulated in the ponderosa pine. This will reduce the chance of intense wildland fires that could threaten residences on Douglas Mountain and Greystone.

It also will improve overall forest health and promote the growth of grasses and forbs for wildlife for removing sagebrush. The Deer Valley project consists of 1,500 total acres and will be ongoing the next couple of years.

Fire managers are planning to ignite the fire with hand crews with support from several engines. Weather and fuel-moisture conditions will be monitored closely, and the burn will only be initiated if conditions are ideal for safe and effective fires.

Each prescribed burn conducted by the Fire Management Unit has a detailed fire plan developed in advance, along with appropriate smoke permits obtained from state agencies. Prescribed fires are one of many tools public land managers use to reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfires while improving wildlife habitat and overall land health.

Women's Club to honor Maybell residents

The Maybell Women's Club will host an Appreciation Day at 3 p.m. Sunday in Maybell Park in honor of Paul and Rosemary Hertzog.

"Please bring a covered dish and join the community in honoring these long-time community members for all they have volunteered to this community for so many years," the club said in a news release.

Meat, drinks and table service will be provided.

For more information, call Kathy Ogle at 272-9945 or Lois Stoffle at 272-3238.

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