Prescribed burns scheduled for this autumn on the Rio Grande National Forest
 

MONTE VISTA, Colo. – The San Luis Valley Interagency Fire Management Unit will begin conducting prescribed burns in several locations across the Rio Grande National Forest starting the week of September 22 and continuing through the month of October. Specific locations and timing of these burns will depend on fuels and weather conditions.

Locations to be burned include:
• Blue Creek- 100 acres located along Forest Service Road 600 approximately 2 miles northeast of Wagon Wheel Gap. The purpose of the burn is to improve habitat for bighorn sheep and elk.
• English Valley- 875 acres located south of FSR 660 approximately 6 miles north of Del Norte. The purpose of the burn is to improve habitat for pronghorn antelope.
• Buffalo Pass- 2100 acres located north of County Road NN14 approximately 22 miles west of Saguache. The purpose of the burn is to improve habitat for elk and deer, and reduce fuels from past forest thinning projects.
• Alamaditas- 775 acres located along FSR 102 approximately 15 miles northwest of Antonito. The purpose of the burn is to improve habitat for deer and elk, and reduce fuels to lower the risk of severe wildland fire.

Smoke may be visible in these areas for several days during and following the burns. For more information, contact Sid Hall, prescribed fire/fuels specialist, at 719-850-2384.