Mesa Verde Plans to Conduct Morefield Campground Burn
Contact: Tessy Shirakawa, 970-529-4628
Mesa Verde National Park fire management staff will be conducting a prescribed fire project later this month. The project is planned in the vicinity of Morefield Campground along the main park entrance road. Approximately 100 acres south of the campground are planned for ignition, depending on weather and fuel conditions.
The objective of this burn is to reduce the flashy fine fuels adjacent to park residences and campground facilities, reduce the invasive grass smooth brome, and provide a seed bed for the natural regeneration of native Douglas fir and ponderosa pine trees in the area.
Fire managers want to emphasize that this burn will only take place if and when optimum weather, fuel moisture, and smoke dispersal parameters are met. For further information concerning this planned prescribed fire activity, please contact Allen Farnsworth, Mesa Verde Fire Management Officer, at 970-529-5049.
Did You Know?
In 1891, Swedish scientist Gustaf Nordenskiold studied, explored, and photographed many of Mesa Verde’s cliff dwellings. Considered by many to be the first true archeologist at Mesa Verde, his book, "The Cliff Dwellers of the Mesa Verde," was the first extensive record of its cliff dwellings.