Prescribed burns, smoke may impact Gateway & Unaweep Canyon residents

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GRAND JUNCTION– GMUG Fire and Fuels Crews plan to begin prescribed burning operations in the Calamity Basin Project Area as early as October 7, or as conditions allow.

  • Located ten miles east of Gateway, CO.
  • Approximately 400 acres are planned for treatment, with one to two days of ignition, weather dependent.
  • Caution is advised as smoke will likely be visible near CO Hwy 141 and National Forest System Road (NFSR) #402 (Divide Road), NFSR #404 (Uranium Road) & NFSR #405 (Niche Road).
  • Smoke may impact Gateway & Unaweep canyon area residents.
  • The purpose for this burn is to increase the resiliency and reproduction of native ponderosa pine stands, increase wildlife forage and reduce slash from mechanical treatments.
  • Prescribed burn project areas will be patrolled and monitored for several days following ignition.

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