GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. — Smoke may be visible in the Grand Valley this week. If conditions allow, the Upper Colorado River Interagency Fire Management unit, in coordination with the Town of Palisade and the City of Grand Junction, will conduct a prescribed fire in the area of Palisade Rim.
The BLM plans to burn up to 500 acres, which the BLM last treated with prescribed fire in 2013. This effort will reduce hazardous fuels and reduce the threat of wildfire to local communities while improving ecological health of the landscape.
“These fuel reduction projects are key to a fire resilient landscape,” stated UCR Fire Management Officer Thomas Hayes. “During past wildfires, we have seen a decrease in fire spread and intensity directly related to fuels reduction projects.”
The UCR Fire Management staff will closely monitor conditions for an opportunity to conduct the operation this week. Project location will produce smoke visible throughout Mesa County, and we do not foresee any smoke issues, but a contingency plan is in place in the event of any visibility issues.
Prescribed fire smoke may affect your health. For more information, see https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/cdphe/wood-smoke-and-health.
The Upper Colorado River Interagency Fire Management Unit (UCR) includes Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Forest Service firefighting resources that cover 5.8 million acres along the Interstate 70, Colorado River and Roaring Fork River corridors from the Continental Divide to the Utah state line. The UCR includes the White River National Forest and the BLM’s Colorado River Valley and Grand Junction field offices. The UCR cooperates with other federal and state agencies, local communities, and fire departments on a wide range of activities including fuels treatments, fire prevention, and suppression.