Mesa Verde Prescribed Burn Scheduled for October

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Date: September 25, 2015
Contact: Keith Krause, 970-529-5062
Contact: Robert Grubb, 970-529-5048

Mesa Verde National Park fire management staff is planning to implement a prescribed fire during the month of October, as weather allows. This controlled burn is being conducted to maintain a designated safety zone near the park’s Chapin Mesa headquarters area.

The 12-acre burn area is primarily comprised of grass, and will maintain a safe area for visitors and park staff to go to in the event of a large wildfire in Mesa Verde National Park. Target dates will be from October 1, 2015 to October 31, 2015. Officials anticipate that this burn will take one day to accomplish.

Smoke from the burn may be visible from various locations around the Cortez, Mancos and Towaoc areas. The smoke is expected to dissipate during the day. This is only expected to be a short term occurrence. Impacts of this smoke and associated potential health risks may be found below.

Anyone with health conditions that may be affected by short durations of smoke should contact Keith Krause at (970) 529-5062, or Robert Grubb at 970-529-5048. Prescribed fire smoke may affect your health. For more information, see



Last updated: September 26, 2015

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