Wildfire – The Pagosa Springs SUN http://www.pagosasun.com The most trusted source for news and information about Pagosa Springs, Colorado. Wed, 25 Sep 2019 20:06:39 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.2.3 Multiple fires spark investigation http://www.pagosasun.com/2019/09/26/multiple-fires-spark-investigation/ Thu, 26 Sep 2019 10:59:36 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=178546 Local and regional fire protection agencies were kept busy Tuesday afternoon as multiple fires occurred in Archuleta County.

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TREX assists with prescribed burns in San Juans http://www.pagosasun.com/2019/09/19/trex-assists-with-prescribed-burns-in-san-juans/ Thu, 19 Sep 2019 10:58:20 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=178039

Photo courtesy Michael Remke
Professionals from across the U.S. are in southwest Colorado conducting prescribed burns in partnership with the San Juan National Forest. Burns have been coordinated near Bayfield and Pagosa Springs. Participants are practicing fire management skills and gaining new fire certifications while improving forest health.

By Emily Hohman
Special to The SUN
The San Juan Prescribed Fire Training Exchange (TREX) is officially underway. Around 30 fire professionals from across the U.S. and local communities are in southwest Colorado to conduct prescribed burns in partnership with the San Juan National Forest, practice fire management skills and gain new fire certifications while improving the health of our forests.

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Prescribed burn planned between Pagosa Springs and Bayfield http://www.pagosasun.com/2019/09/05/prescribed-burn-planned-between-pagosa-springs-and-bayfield/ Thu, 05 Sep 2019 21:00:14 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=176892 Special to The SUN
The Columbine Ranger District is planning a prescribed burn that is planned to begin tomorrow in the Pargin Mountain and the Beaver Meadows/First Notch areas of the San Juan National Forest 10 to 18 miles east of Bayfield.
Burning operations in the area may continue through October, weather permitting.
The VP Unit 1 prescribed burn encompasses a total of 5,771 acres between Beaver Creek Road and First Notch Road, north of U.S. 160 between Bayfield and Pagosa Springs.
The Pargin prescribed burn covers just under 5,675 acres south of U.S. 160 between Bayfield and Pagosa Springs. This unit was last burned in 2016.
The VP Unit 1 prescribed burn will begin Thursday, Sept. 5, weather permitting. The project will take about a week. Crews will begin work on the Pargin prescribed burn after completing VP Unit 1. The Pargin prescribed burn will also take about a week.
Daytime smoke is expected to travel to the north/northeast and to be lofted high into the atmosphere. However, nighttime smoke will travel downslope into the Beaver Creek drainage, the Piedra River and south to the Pine River just north of Ignacio. Smoke will be heavier in the mornings following burning operations, lifting and clearing out by mid-day.
Prescribed fire smoke may affect your health. For more information, see www.colorado.gov/pacific/cdphe/wood-smoke-and-health.
For more information, call 884-2512.

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Firefighters to visit town for Prescribed Fire Training Exchange http://www.pagosasun.com/2019/09/02/firefighters-to-visit-town-for-prescribed-fire-training-exchange/ Mon, 02 Sep 2019 11:00:45 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=176489 By Bill Trimarco
Special to The SUN
Firefighters, smoke and low flames may be visible in the next few weeks across the San Juan Mountains as prescribed burns continue with the assistance of the San Juan Prescribed Fire Training Exchange (TREX), set to take place across the San Juan National Forest (SJNF) between Sept. 10 and Sept. 24.
The TREX will bring together firefighters from across the country and local partners including the San Juan Headwaters Forest Health Partnership and The Nature Conservancy’s Prescribed Fire Training Exchange Program, to assist the SJNF with its prescribed burn objectives.
These local partners are uniting around the mission of TREX: to provide opportunities for firefighters, scientists and managers to work and train together, and build their experience in prescribed burn practices, fire effects and other conservation efforts affecting forests in southwest Colorado.
For example, two Mountain Studies Institute staff will attend to gain experience with fire effects monitoring in order to improve skills and knowledge about how to evaluate the effects of fire during and after a burn.
In 2018 alone, TREX programs around the country completed more than 13,000 acres of ecological prescribed burning and provided training for over 500 people across eight states. TREX events equip participants with essential skills for managing both planned and unplanned fires.
The San Juan TREX and associated prescribed burns will be led by a team of professionals representing local and regional Colorado- and New Mexico-based federal, nonprofit and private agencies and organizations in a truly collaborative effort to improve land health for people, animals and forests.
Fire practitioners from around Colorado will attend in addition to participants from California, Idaho, Nebraska, New Mexico and Utah. Additionally, the Colorado Prescribed Fire Council will hold a meeting in Durango in conjunction with TREX on Sept. 19, which will draw additional fire professionals from across the state to discuss barriers to prescribed burning and new tools and techniques for smoke management, among other subjects.
Prescribed burns will occur primarily in ponderosa pine forests across the SJNF. Fire Management Officers have determined priority areas in need of fire treatment on national forest lands, and those priorities include areas between Pagosa Springs, Bayfield and Dolores. The TREX crew will travel throughout the national forest’s three districts to assist with one or more burn units per day. Weather and fuel conditions are closely monitored by fire managers and burns will only be conducted when conditions are right to ensure safety.
Ponderosa pine forests are a fire-adapted ecosystem,which historically experienced frequent, low-intensity fires on a large scale. Prescribed burns replicate these fires, reduce fuels near communities and improve wildlife habitat. Burns also compliment steps homeowners and community members can take to make their communities more fire adapted. More information is available by contacting Wildfire Adapted Partnership and visiting www.wildfireadapted.org.
To learn more about the San Juan TREX, visit www.sanjuanheadwaters.org/trex and http://nature.ly/trainingexchanges.
Additional organizations supporting the San Juan TREX include The Nature Conservancy’s Fire Learning Network, Mountain Studies Institute, Colorado Forest Restoration Institute at CSU, Chama Peak Land Alliance and individuals from across the country.

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Landfill fire believed to have been caused by heat and spontaneous combustion http://www.pagosasun.com/2019/08/29/landfill-fire-believed-to-have-been-caused-by-heat-and-spontaneous-combustion/ Thu, 29 Aug 2019 21:00:41 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=176486

Photo courtesy Archuleta County Office of Emergency Management
Fire personnel respond to a reported 2.5-acre fire at the Archuleta County landfill on the evening of Aug. 26. The fire is believed to have been caused by heat and spontaneous combustion of trash at the landfill. The landfill is currently closed until further notice.

A fire that occurred at the Archuleta County landfill is believed to have been caused by heat and spontaneous combustion.

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Prescribed burns delayed Due to weather and fuels conditions http://www.pagosasun.com/2019/08/22/prescribed-burns-delayed-due-to-weather-and-fuels-conditions/ Thu, 22 Aug 2019 10:59:47 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=175858 Special to The SUN
The Pagosa Ranger District is planning to burn approximately 1,500 acres in the Turkey Springs/Brockover Mesa area west of Pagosa Springs. The units are between the Newt Jack Trail and the Tri-State powerline.

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Local fire groups talk fire and funding with BoCC http://www.pagosasun.com/2019/08/15/local-fire-groups-talk-fire-and-funding-with-bocc/ Thu, 15 Aug 2019 21:00:32 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=175452 At the county commissioners’ work session Tuesday, representatives of two local nonprofits that perform fire mitigation services came to the session to talk fire and funding.

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Prescribed burns planned for Turkey Springs/Brockover Mesa area http://www.pagosasun.com/2019/08/15/prescribed-burns-planned-for-turkey-springs-brockover-mesa-area/ Thu, 15 Aug 2019 18:31:32 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=175430
Special to The SUN
 
The Pagosa Ranger District is planning to burn approximately 1,500 acres in the Turkey Springs/Brockover Mesa area west of Pagosa Springs. The units are between the Newt Jack Trail and the TriState powerline. Operations may begin mid-August. The actual dates of operations will be dependent on weather and fuels conditions.
Ignition operations may take place over several consecutive days. The units consist of ponderosa pine, Gambel oak and grass.  The area has received previous fuels-reduction treatments. This Turkey Springs/Brockover Mesa project expands upon previous prescribed fires. It is part of an overall fuels reduction project involving both mechanical treatment and prescribed fire covering approximately 5,000 acres.
Burning operations will be conducted by district personnel and other fire resources from the San Juan National Forest, other Forest Service units and cooperating agencies. The purpose is to reduce hazardous ground fuels, reduce the risk of unplanned catastrophic wildfire, restore ponderosa pine ecosystems and improve wildlife habitat.
Smoke will be visible from U.S. 160, the Town of Pagosa Springs, Aspen Springs and the upper Piedra area. Smoke is expected to move northeast, but will settle into low-lying areas at night. 
Ponderosa pine forests are a fire adapted ecosystem, which historically experienced frequent, low intensity fires on a large scale. Prescribed fire replicates that fire regime under controlled conditions. Prescribed fires will only be ignited when all weather, fuels and smoke requirements are met.
For additional information, please contact Fred Ellis, Assistant Fire Management Officer (Fuels), Pagosa Ranger District 264-1541.
Smoke from wildfires and prescribed fires may affect your health. For more information, please go to: https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/cdphe/wood-smoke-and-health.
 
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Prescribed burns planned http://www.pagosasun.com/2019/08/15/prescribed-burns-planned/ Thu, 15 Aug 2019 10:56:43 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=175337 Special to The SUN
The Columbine Ranger District is planning a prescribed burn this fall in the Pargin Mountain and the Beaver Meadows/First Notch areas of the San Juan National Forest 10 to 18 miles east of Bayfield, beginning as early as this week.

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Pine tree fire not controlled yet, crews released due to weather conditions http://www.pagosasun.com/2019/08/01/pine-tree-fire-not-controlled-yet-crews-released-due-to-weather-conditions/ Thu, 01 Aug 2019 21:00:30 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=174230

Photo courtesy Durango Interagency Type 3 Team
To combat the Pine Tree Fire, firefighters utilize a “pyro shot” a device that fires off plastic spheres filled with potassium permanganate. The fire started due to a lightning strike on July 25 about 5 miles northwest of Arboles and 20 miles east of Ignacio. As of July 31, the fire that has covered 742 acres is not yet considered controlled or out, but two crews and several engines have been released from the fire. Fire personnel will continue to monitor the area as conditions allow.

Crews have been released from a wildfire that started in southwest Archuleta County late last week.

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