Prescribed burns planned on Rio Grande National Forest

Monte Vista, Colo., March 13, 2017  - The San Luis Valley Interagency Fire Management Unit plans to conduct several prescribed burns this spring on the Rio Grande National Forest's Conejos Peak and Divide Ranger Districts. These beneficial burns include:

Alamaditas: This 500 acre burn area is located on the Conejos Peak Ranger District 15 miles southwest of La Jara and will take several days to complete. The purpose of the burn is to improve deer and elk winter range and reduce natural fuels buildup.

Conejos Canyon Unit 1: This 200 acre burn area is located on the Conejos Peak Ranger District one mile north of the Fox Creek subdivision. The prescribed burn is designed to reduce fuels buildup adjacent to the subdivision.

Bighorn/Stateline Units 5 & 6: These two units, totaling 1,225 acres, are located on the Conejos Peak Ranger District four miles southwest of Mogote and will take several days to complete. The purpose of the burn is to improve elk and deer winter range and reduce woody debris left from forest thinning projects.

English Valley: This 900 acre prescribed burn will take place on the Divide Ranger District approximately 5 miles north of Del Norte. The purpose of this burn is to rejuvenate grass and shrub cover to improve pronghorn habitat.

Natural features and roads will help manage the burns.

Residents and visitors will likely see smoke coming from these areas for several hours each day during burn operations. Burn area maps will be posted on the roads leading into the project areas and local residents will be contacted prior to initiation of the prescribed burns. 

Prescribed fire smoke may affect your health. For more information see https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/cdphe/wood-smoke-and-health.

For more information, contact the Conejos Peak District Ranger Office at: 719-274-8971, or the Divide District Ranger Office at: 719-657-3321.