Controlled fires planned
Federal fire officials from the are planning several prescribed burns in Mesa County beginning in the middle of this month and continuing through the end of May.
The fires will be scheduled by the Upper Colorado River Interagency Fire Management Unit, depending appropriate weather and burn conditions.
The Battlements prescribed burn will involve about 205 acres of oak brush on Bureau of Land Management lands about four miles north of Collbran.
A second burn, the Nick Mountain project will include approximately 700 acres about five miles south of Molina on
the side slope of the Grand Mesa National Forest . As circumstances allow, a total of 2000 acres will be burned in a controlled manner to enhance habitat for mule deer and elk and to reduce natural fuels.
The Pine Mountain 2 project about eight miles southeast of Gateway on the Uncompahgre National Forest, will burn nearly 300 acres of pinyon, juniper, gambel oak and ponderosa pine. Fire managers are reintroducing fire into this fire-dependent ecosystem to reduce fuels buildup and enhance wildlife habitat.
The Upper Colorado River Interagency Fire Management Unit is composed of the BLM Glenwood Springs and Grand Junction field offices; Grand Valley Ranger District of the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison national forests; the White River National Forest; and Colorado National Monument.