Controlled Burn Scheduled Near Mesa Verde NP Headquarters
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?
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.