Emergency Management

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  • Phone: 970-328-3545
    Fax: 970-328-8694

    Emergency Management
    P.O. Box 850
    Eagle, Colorado 81631

    emergency@eaglecounty.us

    Call 9-1-1 for emergencies
    or 970-479-2201


Prescribed burn planned on BLM land in Eagle County

Contact: David Boyd, BLM Public Affairs Specialist, 970-319-4130

Federal fire officials are planning a 580-acre prescribed fire this fall on Bureau of Land Management lands in Eagle County, 1.5 miles southeast of Burns. The burn could take place as early as Sept. 1 or as late as mid-October, depending on weather. The burn will only be initiated if conditions are ideal for a safe and effective fire.

The prescribed fire is planned to improve wildlife habitat and ecosystem health as well as decrease the amount of fuel that has built-up in the areas. It is targeting oak brush and mountain shrubs. A detailed fire plan for this burn has been developed in advance, and appropriate smoke permits have been obtained from the State of Colorado.

This fire should improve wildlife habitat by stimulating new, more nutritious plant production in the burned area. Because the fire should leave a patchwork of burned and unburned areas, wildlife will have better areas to feed but also continue to have areas of unburned vegetation that will provide important hiding cover. Since these areas haven’t burned in a number of years, a large amount of debris and other fuels for fires have built-up. This burn will decrease that fuel load, helping reduce the risk of a much larger, unwanted wildfire.