BLM set to burn slash piles |

BLM set to burn slash piles

— Smoke may be visible this week southwest of Meeker as the Bureau of Land Management begins burning slash piles generated from fuel reduction work in the summer, the BLM reported in a news release.

The agency plans to burn 250 to 300 piles across 15 acres on Wolf Ridge, south of Rio Blanco County Road 24, beginning this week through December, according to the release.

Burning will be conducted on days when weather conditions are favorable for lifting smoke out of the area and moisture in adjacent vegetation is at acceptable levels to prevent spread, the BLM reported.

The piles were generated from thinning trees and removing low branches that can carry a fire into the forest canopy.

“This type of fuel reduction project helps reduce wildfire threats as well as improves firefighter and public safety in the event of a wildfire,” BLM officials stated in the release. “It also improves habitat for multiple wildlife species.”

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The piles will be burned under the authority of an approved burn plan and a smoke permit from the Colorado Depart-

ment of Public Health and Envi-


The burn operations will occur Monday through Friday only, and will end two hours before sunset.

For more information, call Garner Harris at 878-3824.

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