January 14, 2016
Contact: Cristy Brown
Contact: Keith Krause
Mesa Verde National Park is planning to implement a prescribed fire between January 11 - February 29, weather permitting. The Chapin Mesa area prescribed fire is being conducted to dispose of material created during fuel reduction projects from this summer.
The prescribed burn is 1 acre in size and fuels are primarily comprised of gambel oak, pinyon, 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 day, 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 further information on the prescribed burn, contact Keith Krause, Mesa Verde Assistant Fire Management Officer, at (970) 529-5062.