Prescribed burns, smoke may impact Gateway & Unaweep Canyon residents


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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