Smoke above Palisade is controlled burn

A planned burn in the town of Palisade’s watershed, about seven miles southeast of town, has smoke filling the skies this afternoon.

Officials with the BLM, the town of Palisade, and the city of Grand Junction have teamed up on the advance planning of the burn, which will ignite the mostly oak brush on about 558 acres of town-owned property and 58 acres of BLM land.

It’s been years since wildfire scorched the area, and the controlled burn is expected to decrease a fuel load that has been steadily increasing over the past few years. The idea is to reduce the risk of a much larger wildfire, and improve wildlife habitat at the same time by stimulating new plant growth in the area.

Smoke is expected to be visible over a wide area through late afternoon. Updates on the fire are available on Twitter with the hashtag #palisadeburn and by following @ucrfirecenter.

An information line has been set up at 970-456-3632.



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