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Pagosa Ranger District
Special to The SUN
Fire managers on the Pagosa Ranger District are planning to conduct a prescribed burn in the Turkey Springs area, located about eight miles northwest of Pagosa Springs, adjacent to Turkey Springs Road (FSR 629).
Smoke will be visible from U.S. 160, Piedra Road, Pagosa Lakes, the north part of Archuleta County and the Sportsman’s Store community in Hinsdale County. Daytime smoke is expected to disperse to the north and northeast. Some nighttime smoke may settle in the Devil Creek drainage towards Aspen Springs subdivision.
Prescribed burning is planned to begin in the morning tomorrow, Thursday, Oct. 24. Approximately 77 acres will be burned.
Over the last 10 years, Pagosa District personnel have spent extensive time and effort in the Turkey Springs area thinning, reducing ladder fuels and mitigating wildfire effects in the highly recreated Turkey Springs area. The Devil Creek Prescribed Burn will build and expand on those efforts, making the Turkey Springs area a healthy, productive ecosystem for recreationist to use safely.
The objectives of prescribed burning are to:
1. Return fire as a natural process to fire dependent and fire adapted ponderosa pine forests.
2. Reduce ground and ladder fuels, decreasing risk of crown fire
3. Improve or maintain wildlife habitat
4. Recycle nutrients
5. Consume slash left over from forest health and fuels reduction thinning projects.
If you are planning to recreate or hunt in these areas, look for signs posted near prescribed burn areas, particularly trailheads and parking areas.
For additional information about the proposed burn or other fuels-reduction efforts, contact public information officer Brandy Richardson at 264-1530.