Prescribed burns planned by the Forest Service

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The Norwood Ranger District has eight prescribed burns planned through June as part of an effort to prevent wildfires.

The burns will take place throughout Delta, Montrose and San Miguel counties once officials deem weather and ground conditions appropriate.

The following are currently planned burns:

  • Glencoe Pine: Located approximately 13 miles northeast of Nucla, CO off of 25 Mesa road (NFSR 503). The objective for this burn is to increase the resiliency and reproduction of native ponderosa pine stands. Approximately 450 acres are planned to be burned over a three to five day period.
  • Sanborn Park: Located approximately 5 miles northeast of Norwood, CO near Sanborn Park Road (NFSRs 530, 515, and 526).  The objectives for this burn include increasing the resiliency and reproduction of native ponderosa pine stands and protecting adjacent private property from the spread of large unplanned wildfires. Approximately 300 acres are planned for treatment.
  • Thunder Road: Located approximately 6 miles southwest of Norwood, CO adjacent to Thunder Road (NFSR 609). The objectives for this burn include increasing the resiliency and reproduction of native ponderosa pine stands, increasing range forage production, and improving wildlife habitat.  Approximately 350 acres are planned to be burned.
  • 25 Mesa: Located approximately 25 miles west of Delta, CO on 25 Mesa Rd (NFSR 503). The objectives for this burn include increasing the resiliency and reproduction of native ponderosa pine stands, protecting adjacent private property from the spread of large unplanned wildfires, and reducing slash from mechanical treatments. Approximately 1406 acres are planned for treatment.
  • Davewood: This project is located approximately 15 miles southwest of Montrose, CO on the east and west sides of Davewood Road (NFSR 510). The objectives for this burn include increasing the resiliency and reproduction of native ponderosa pine stands and protecting private property from the spread of large unplanned wildfires. This project is a continuation of fire re-entry into this ecosystem. Approximately 1400 acres are planned for treatment.
  • Sawmill:  Located approximately 15 miles south of Montrose, CO on Sawmill Mesa Road (NFSR 574). The objectives for this burn include increasing the resiliency and reproduction of native ponderosa pine stands, protecting adjacent private property from the spread of large unplanned wildfires, and reducing slash from mechanical treatments. Approximately 300 acres are planned for pine maintenance treatment, and an additional 300 acres are planned for first entry treatment.
  • Simms Mesa: Located approximately 15 miles South of Montrose, CO on the Simms Mesa Rd (NFSR 574). The purpose for the prescribed burn is to improve vegetation regeneration, wildlife habitat, reduce hazardous vegetation (fuels) build-up and to promote a wildfire resiliency landscape. One to four days of ignition are planned with monitoring through the following several days pending forecasted weather. Approximately 800 acres are planned to be burned.
  • Love Mesa: Located approximately 27 miles west of Delta, CO on Love Mesa Road and Dry Mesa Road (NFSR 500, 501). The objectives for this burn include increasing the resiliency and reproduction of native ponderosa pine stands, increasing range forage production, and improving wildlife habitat.  Approximately 3846 acres are planned to be burned.

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