USFS plans prescribed burn near BV

The U.S. Forest Service – San Isabel National Forest- Leadville Ranger District is planning a prescribed burn in northern Chaffee County, potentially starting early October, 2014, when weather conditions are favorable. The area is located near the Three and Four Elk Subdivisions, five miles northwest of Buena Vista.

This project involves burning approximately 120 acres to reduce the accumulation of hazardous fuels, restore and maintain healthy and diverse forest ecosystems and to improve wildlife habitat.

Smoke will be visible and present on the day of the burn and for several days after the area has been ignited. People with conditions aggravated by smoke should take precautions in line with their medical advice for these circumstances. Those individuals who are sensitive to smoke are advised to keep doors and windows closed on residences or plan for activities in other areas during the burn.

Approximately 480 acres has been successful treated in 2011 and 2013 along the borders of the Three and Four Elk and Waipiti Subdivisions.

For more information, call the Leadville Ranger District at 719-486-0749. Follow us on Twitter @PSICC_NF. Find the prescribed fires at #4ElkRX.

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