The Bureau of Land Management’s Tres Rios Field Office plans to begin several prescribed burns as early as Tuesday or as conditions allow.
Above-normal precipitation, cooler temperatures and below-average fire danger have resulted in desirable conditions to conduct the prescribed burns at this time.
The prescribed burns will treat 262 acres of ponderosa pine and Gambel oak.
The West Dolores Rim Project includes five separate units – all located about five miles east of Egnar, on BLM-managed lands. Crews anticipate introducing fire to two units as early as next week.
Each prescribed burn is anticipated to last one day, with an additional three days of monitoring both burns once completed to ensure public safety. While smoke may be visible in the area at times during the burns, most of the smoke will lift and dissipate during the warmest parts of the day. Smoke may be visible in the area for several days after each burn is completed as vegetation in the interior of the burn continues to smolder.