BLM plans slash burn south of Rangely |

BLM plans slash burn south of Rangely

Smoke may be visible beginning Monday south of Rangely as fire managers from the Northwest Colorado Fire Management Unit prepare to burn slashed pinyon juniper.

Approximately 180 piles of pinyon juniper were collected during a recent thinning project, according to a fire management unit news release.

The project was designed to reduce wildfire risk near oil and gas operations, and to improve firefighter and public safety, the release states.

Firefighters will begin burning those piles Monday on Bureau of Land Management adjacent to Rio Blanco County Road 23 about 18 miles south of Rangely.

Fire managers expect the burn to last two or three days. Fires will only be ignited if weather conditions allow for a safe and effective burn, the release states.

Each prescribed burn conducted by the fire management unit has a detailed fire plan, along with appropriate smoke permits obtained from the State of Colorado.

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