• View of Square Tower House, seen along the Mesa Top Loop

    Mesa Verde

    National Park Colorado

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Pile Burns at Mesa Verde National Park

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Date: March 9, 2011
Contact: Joanie Lawrence, 970-529-5066

Mesa Verde National Park fire management staff plan to implement two large pile burns in the park. The burns will take place on Chapin Mesa near the "4-way intersection" in the vicinity of park headquarters, and near the Morefield Campground. The objective of these burns is to consume the existing accumulation of brush from the past summer's fuel reduction projects.

Fire managers plan to light the piles during the month of March. The burns will only take place when optimum weather and smoke dispersal parameters are met. For further information concerning these burns, please contact Joanie Lawrence, Fuels Specialist, Mesa Verde National Park at (970)529-5066.


Did You Know?

The north courtyard of Balcony House

Contrary to popular belief, the Ancestral Puebloan people of Mesa Verde did not disappear. They migrated south to New Mexico and Arizona, and became today’s modern pueblo people.