Fall Prescribed Burns in Mesa Verde National Park
Contact: Tessy Shirakawa, 970-529-4628
Mesa Verde National Park plans to ignite several small prescribed fires within the park this fall. Approximately 17 acres are scheduled for treatment in the Far View Lodge area, and 32 acres near park headquarters on Chapin Mesa.
Objectives of burning near the Far View Lodge are to reduce flashy fuels such as grass and leaf litter beneath the mountain shrub canopy. Fire managers plan to reduce these fuels to lessen the risk and intensity of a dangerous crown fire in close proximity to the developed area. Along the Wetherill Road, fire managers plan to burn beneath a few mature ponderosa pines to provide a seed bed for natural regeneration.
On Chapin Mesa approximately one mile north of park headquarters, two burn blocks are planned for ignition. The primary objective is to monitor the effects of burning invasive cheatgrass within areas of the Long Mesa Fire of 2002 and to reduce fuels.
The planned controlled burns will take place only when optimum weather, fuel moisture, and smoke dispersal parameters are met. For further information concerning the planned prescribed fire activities, please contact Allen Farnsworth, Mesa Verde Fire Management Officer at 970-529-5049.
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Did You Know?
The Ancestral Puebloans inhabited Mesa Verde for more than 700 years (550 A.D. to 1300 A.D.), but for the first six centuries, they primarily lived on the mesa tops. It was not until the final 75 to 100 years that they constructed and lived in the cliff dwellings for which Mesa Verde is known.