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    Mesa Verde

    National Park Colorado

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Mesa Verde to Conduct Bobcat Canyon Prescribed Fire

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Date: April 22, 2013
Contact: Betty Lieurance, 970-529-5079
Contact: Steve Underwood, 970-529-5049

Mesa Verde National Park is planning to implement a prescribed fire during the week of April 22, 2013, as weather allows. This controlled burn is being conducted to reduce the wildland fire hazard and promote regeneration within a stand of ponderosa pine at the south end of Wetherill Mesa.  

The Bobcat Canyon Restoration Prescribed Fire is 10 acres in size and is primarily comprised of ponderosa pine, gamble oak, piñon and juniper. This fire is part of an effort to protect one of the last remaining stands of ponderosa pine within the park. Most other stands of ponderosa have experienced high mortality rates due to the recent drought in combination with the large, intense fires over the past 15 years.

Burning at this time of year should produce low intensity fire behavior while still achieving desired fuel reduction goals. 

Ignition operations should take one to two days, but the unit may produce smoke for several days afterward. Visitors to Mesa Verde may see smoke in the southwestern part of the park during these activities.

For more information contact Steve Underwood, Mesa Verde Fire Management Officer, at (970) 529-5049.


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.