The Dolores Ranger District is conducting several prescribed burns in the Boggy Draw area north of Dolores.
“Fire effects were excellent with moderate fire behavior,” said Matt Traynham, burn boss for the prescribed fire. “We plan to continue tomorrow with ignitions, totaling 2,096 acres, utilizing hand and aerial ignitions.”
Boggy Draw Unit 35, was ignited at 5 a.m. by firefighters on the ground with drip torches, followed up later in the morning and continuing through the late afternoon by aerial ignitions dropped from a helicopter.
This fire is an effort to reduce hazardous ground fuels, lessen the risk of unplanned large scale wildfire, help restore ponderosa pine ecosystems and improve wildlife habitat. Prescribed burning operations will begin only when weather, fuels and smoke parameters are met.
For more information, call 882-6838 or visit www.fs.usda.gov/sanjuan.