MONTE VISTA, Colo. – The Rio Grande National Forest plans to conduct numerous pile burns in timber sale and thinning projects areas on the Rio Grande National Forest this winter. They include:
·         Conejos Canyon thinning project along Hwy. 17 south of Horca.
·         Elk Creek Ranch thinning project northwest of South Fork.
·         Ptarmigan Meadows thinning project northwest of Spring Creek Reservoir.
·         Mater and Belle Salvage Timber Sales south of Pearl Lakes.
·         Mallard and Teal Salvage Timber Sales in the Spanish Creek area west of Saguache.

“Winter is an ideal time to dispose of piled slash generated by timber sales and thinning projects. We will burn these piles when there is adequate snow cover to limit fire spread around each individual pile” said Sid Hall, RGNF fuels specialist.

These pile burns will take several days to complete in each project area and smoke will be visible from roads in the area. Signs warning motorist of prescribed burning activity will be placed along roads near these project areas.

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For more information, contact the Rio Grande National Forest Supervisor’s Office at 719-852-5941.