Grand Junction, CO - The Bureau of Land Management announced on Monday plans for prescribed burns from now until March to get rid of hundreds of slash piles generated last year.
The burns will be managed by the Upper Colorado River Interagency Fire Management Unit.
The BLM says that during these burns, smoke may be visible in Mesa County.
More than 800 slash piles were generated last year from thinning mountain plants and trees to reduce wildfire risk. The piles have been drying and are now ready to burn.
A spokesperson for the fire management unit says that prescribed burns will only take place under set conditions to minimize smoke dispersion and allow for safe burning.
The BLM says that some burns may create health issues for people with respiratory problems, and if you are affected by any burn you should contact Chad Sewell at 970-876-9030.
More than 75 piles will be burned in the McInnis Canyons National Conservation Area, and around 800 piles will be burned in the Dominguez-Escalante National Conservation Area.