Controlled burn to kick up smoke Oct. 7

Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forest crews will begin prescribed burning operations in the Calamity Basin Project Area as early as Oct. 7. The area is located 10 miles east of Gateway.

The plan is to burn and treat approximately 400 acres over one to two days.

Smoke will likely be visible near Colorado Highway 141 and Forest Road No. 402 (Divide Road), Forest Road 404 (Uranium Road) and Forest Road 405 (Niche Road).

Smoke is also likely to be visible for several days due to fires in two locations in Garfield County. Crews continue to work the prescribed burn on Bureau of Land Management land near Anvil Points on the Roan Plateau.

The Middle Mamm Fire, 10 miles south of Rifle on Forest Service land, continues to be managed for resource benefit, and smoke may be visible from that fire as well.

Free dental care to be offered in Glenwood

Nearly 200 dentists will be coming to Glenwood Springs Oct. 4 and 5 in hopes of putting smiles on the faces of western Coloradans in need of dental care.

The caregivers may receive just a thanks and perhaps a hug in return, but that's the whole point of the 13th annual Colorado Mission of Mercy dental clinic. Its purpose is to provide free care to adults and children.

It will take place Oct. 4 and 5 at Glenwood Springs High School, 1521 Grand Ave., with doors opening at 6 a.m. each day. The school will be transformed with two semis full of dental equipment being unloaded, generators installed and more than 125 dental chairs set up.

Patients can receive services such as cleanings, fillings, root canals, extractions, dentures and crowns.

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