Federal fire officials are planning to conduct a 125-acre prescribed burn Monday, April 21 if weather conditions remain favorable.
“We will only ignite the fire if weather and vegetation moisture are within the prescribed parameters,” said Fuels Specialist Keven Thompson. “We had planned to conduct this burn earlier this month, but did not when the wind speed exceeded the prescription for this fire.”
The Junction Butte prescribed fire area is east of U.S. Highway 9 and north of Grand County Road 33 on Bureau of Land Management public land.
Smoke will be visible from Kremmling, GCR 33 and U.S. Highways 40 and 9. Duration of the project is expected to beone or two days.
Goals for this project are to improve waterfowl habitat, increase forage for elk and deer, and open irrigation ditches to allow water flow to wetland areas. Removal of old, dense vegetation will open the ditches and overgrown wetland areas and promote regeneration of grasses.
Burn plans have been prepared and approved and ignition takes place when weather and ground conditions are within specifically determined parameters that allow for safe and efficient operations. All required permits have been issued by the Colorado State Air Quality.
For more information contact Kevin Thompson, 970-724-3033, BLM Kremmling Field Office.