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Prescribed Burn Planned for Black Ridge

Wednesday, May 5, 2009

Upper Colorado Interagency Fire Management Unit

May 5, 2009Contact: Erin Curtis
Public Information Officer
(970) 244-3097

Prescribed Burn Planned for Black Ridge Wednesday

Federal fire officials from the Upper Colorado River Interagency Fire Management Unit are planning a prescribed burn tomorrow to reduce hazardous fuels and improve wildlife habitat.

The 350-acre Black Ridge prescribed fire will be conducted on BLM lands 13 miles west of Grand Junction in the Glade Park area. For more information on this fire, contact Jeff Phillips 970-244-3040.

Fire officials have been monitoring weather, moisture and fuel conditions and believe conditions will be suitable for a safe and effective prescribed burn and good smoke dispersal tomorrow. All prescribed fires in the Upper Colorado River are conducted under an approved burn plan with smoke permits from the State of Colorado.

The Upper Colorado River Interagency Fire Management Unit is composed of the BLM Glenwood Springs and Grand Junction Field Offices; Grand Valley Ranger District of the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests; the White River National Forest; and the Colorado National Monument. It encompasses more than 4.5 million acres oriented along the Interstate 70 corridor from the Continental Divide on the east to the Utah state line on the west.

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******************************************Erin Curtis
Public Affairs Specialist
Bureau of Land Management
2815 H Rd
Grand Junction, CO 81506
Voice: (970) 244-3097
Cell: (970) 210-2126