Smoke Visible Today Due to Slash Pile Burns Southwest of Montrose

Information provided by Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre & Gunnison National Forests Public Affairs Officer.

The Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests will burn approximately 500 “slash piles” at the Raspberry Radio Repeater site today, located approximately 20 miles southwest of Montrose on the Uncompahgre Plateau. The piles are the result of chainsaw thinning that was performed at the site to help protect numerous radio antennas and other structures from potential fire damage, should wildland fire occur in the area.

Specifically, a burn plan has been prepared and approved and specifies staffing, weather and other conditions that are required to light the piles. The plan also calls for conditions that are wet enough to prevent fire from creeping along the ground and/or when snow is present. Likewise, smoke dispersal conditions of “Fair” or better are required in order to minimize visual impacts in the area. Forest fire management officials have determined that sufficient conditions exist on the site to be within prescribed parameters today.

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