Prescribed burns in store for Moffat County |

Prescribed burns in store for Moffat County

Craig Press Staff

Ahead of fire season, firefighters with the Bureau of Land Management have a hot date with a certain area of Moffat County.

According to a Wednesday news release, BLM will conduct two prescribed burns beginning Monday, May 13.

“The 40-acre Oxbow Prescribed Fire is planned on a combination of Bureau of Land Management and state lands along the Little Snake River near Moffat County Road 21,” the release said. “The burn will remove decadent cattails and riparian grasses to improve wetland health.”

BLM will also burn a five-acre portion of Browns Park known as Ferret Pile along BLM Road 166 to improve the health of the range.

“We will only ignite these prescribed fires if conditions are ideal for safe, effective burns, as well as for good smoke dispersal away from area communities,” said Toni Toelle, supervisory fire management specialist for the Northwest Colorado Interagency Fire Management Unit.  

Residents may see smoke rising from these areas, but BLM said that smoke should dissipate Monday. The news release said those residents worried about health effects from prescribed fire smoke can visit BLM’s wood smoke and health section of their website.