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Contact: Betty Lieurance, 970-529-4608
Contact: Steve Underwood, 970-529-5049
Mesa Verde National Park is planning to implement a prescribed fire the week of January 5, weather permitting. The Chapin Mesa area prescribed fire is being conducted to dispose of material created during fuel reduction projects from this past summer.
The prescribed burn is two acres in size, and fuels are primarily comprised of gambel oak, piñon pine and juniper.
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 afterwards. 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.