BLM to continue with Deer Valley prescribed burn

Fire managers from the Northwest Colorado Fire Management Unit are planning a 150-acre prescribed burn on Douglas Mountain about two miles southwest of Greystone and 34 miles west of Maybell in Moffat County, the BLM announced Tuesday in a news release.

Fire personnel will begin work today unless prevented by weather conditions, the BLM reported. They hope to complete the burn in one day, however it could take several days. It is a continuation of a project initiated two years ago.

Fire personal and vehicles will be working off the north side of Moffat County Road 116 and fire vehicles will be parked along the road. Smoke will be visible in Greystone and from Highway 318.

“Objectives of the Deer Valley Prescribed Fire are to reduce hazardous and accumulated dead material,” the BLM reported in the release. “This will lessen the chance of intense wildland fires that could threaten residences on Douglas Mountain and in Greystone. It will also improve overall forest health and promote the growth of grasses and forbs for wildlife by removing sagebrush.”

Weather and fuel-moisture conditions will be closely monitored, and the burn will only be initiated if conditions are ideal for effective fires, BLM officials said.

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

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