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    Mesa Verde

    National Park Colorado

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Controlled Burn Scheduled Near Mesa Verde NP Headquarters

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Date: January 14, 2009
Contact: Tessy Shirakawa, 970-529-4628

Mesa Verde National Park firefighters will be burning a large brush pile in the park this month. The burn will take place on Chapin Mesa near park headquarters. The objective of this burn is to consume brush cut from hazard fuels reduction work completed in the headquarters area.

The project has become an annual activity, as each year hazard fuel reduction projects throughout the park result in slash deposited at the burn pile location. These fuel reduction activities include maintenance of existing fuelbreaks on Chapin Mesa, removal of pinyon pine mortality and other hazardous fuels surrounding park infrastructure and improvements, and treatments to protect identified cultural and natural resource features.

If weather conditions are favorable, this winter’s pile will be ignited early one day and monitored as it burns completely down to ash. The pile may continue to smolder for up to a week depending on weather conditions.

The burn will only take place when optimum weather and smoke dispersal parameters are met. For further information concerning this planned prescribed fire activity, please contact Allen Farnsworth, Mesa Verde NP Fire Management Officer, ph: 970-529-5049.



Did You Know?

Cliff Palace in the snow

Cliff Palace is the largest cliff dwelling at Mesa Verde National Park. It has 150 rooms, plus an additional 75 open areas. Twenty-one of the rooms are kivas, and 25 to 30 rooms have residential features. The number of Ancestral Puebloans living in Cliff Palace at any one time was 100 to 120.