BLM planning prescribed burn near Greystone |

BLM planning prescribed burn near Greystone

Craig Daily Press Staff Report

The Bureau of Land Management's Little Snake Field Office is planning a prescribed fire as early as Tuesday, if weather conditions remain favorable, the Northwest Colorado Fire Management Unit reported in a news release.

The project site is 10 miles west of Greystone in the Jack Springs Draw area.

The objective of the fire is to reduce hazardous fuels, lessen the threat of wildland fire to area residences, improve wildlife habitat, and ecosystem diversity, fire officials reported.

The 221-acre burn is estimated to require up to three days for completion, according to the news release.

Crews recently conducted thinning of pinyon and juniper trees and sagebrush along the west flank to act as a fuel break along the control line.

A fire break along the south side of the project site, County Road 56, was set up previously to protect residences and powerlines in the area.

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Each prescribed burn has a detailed fire plan developed in advance along with appropriate smoke permits issued by the state, according to the release.

The burns will only be initiated if conditions are ideal for safe and effective fires, fire officials reported.

For more information, call Little Snake Field Office at 826-5000.

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