Prescribed burns set for next week

By Ann Bond
Special to The SUN

The Pagosa Ranger District plans to conduct prescribed burning operations in the Turkey Springs area of the San Juan National Forest beginning as soon as next week and continuing sporadically through April and May, weather and conditions permitting. The specific areas include:

• The Brockover Prescribed Burn is planned for approximately 200 acres of national forest lands eight miles northwest of Pagosa Springs between Forest Roads 626 and 629D.

• The Devil Creek 2 Prescribed Burn is planned for approximately 200 acres seven miles north of Pagosa Springs near Forest Road 630.

Specific timing of each burn will depend on safe and favorable weather conditions to maximize fire effects and aid in smoke dispersal. No more than 200 acres will be burned per day to limit resulting smoke; however, smoke may settle into nearby low-lying areas during the night and morning hours following burning. All units consist of ponderosa pine and Gambel oak.

For more information, contact the Pagosa District Office at 264-2268.

For information on prescribed burns, wildfires and fire restrictions on the San Juan National Forest, call 247-4874, visit the forest website at, or follow us on Twitter at

This story was posted on April 10, 2014.

One Response to Prescribed burns set for next week

  1. littledrummerboy

    April 10, 2014 at 7:05 pm

    we had red flag warnings today. can someone please explain to me why it is a good idea to intentionally light the forest on fire at this time?