Terrain
Satellite
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Liberty Prescribed
FIRE
1,379.0
acres
44.9 mi
SW of Cañon City, CO
2 monthsago
reported
Fire Status:
UNKNOWN
Last Updated:
3 weeks ago
Incident #:
2021-NWCG-7884
Fire Start:
Monday, October 4, 2021 8:00 AM MDT

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Fire Growth Potential

Fire Weather Forecast

Incident Overview Updated: 3 weeks ago

Incident Photo for the Liberty Prescribed Fire

Liberty Prescribed Fire Information 

Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve
National Park Service

Rio Grande National Forest
US Forest Service

Great Sand Dunes Plans Prescribed Burn for Week of November 8 
 
Overview: As part of Great Sand Dunes National Park’s hazardous fuels reduction efforts, the park in partnership with Rio Grande National Forest, is preparing to conduct a prescribed burn on up to 3,300 acres near the park’s northern boundary. The project area is located south of Baca Grande Subdivision, and approximately three miles south of Crestone, Colorado. 

The project is planned from November 8-12, if favorable weather and fuel conditions permit. These dates occur between hunting seasons and were selected to reduce impacts to recreational users on adjacent public lands where hunting is allowed. Hunting is not allowed within the national park where the prescribed burn will take place.

What to Expect: On the days of the burn, firefighters will be in the area of ignitions throughout the day. Traffic on the Liberty Road may be heavy so please use caution if traveling in the area. Smoke will be most visible during the warmest part of the day when fire will be most active. Flames may be visible from some locations. Firefighters will be on scene through the days of the burn; the fire may be left unattended overnight provided that fire activity does not indicate that the fire will move beyond the unit boundaries. The project area will be patrolled and monitored for hot spots days after ignitions until the fire is determined to be out. 

Weather & Fuel Conditions: Prior to and during prescribed burns, fire managers closely monitor weather conditions with multiple weather forecasts generated by the National Weather Service. Forecasts are customized to the burn location with frequent on-site weather measurements. Fire personnel at the scene are constantly monitoring conditions during a prescribed burn and adapt accordingly. If at any time conditions are outside of predetermined acceptable levels, the ignitions will be stopped. 

Smoke: On the days of the burn, smoke will be visible from the Crestone and Baca Grande subdivisions, Colorado State Highway 17, and other locations in the San Luis Valley. With cooler temperatures in the evening, smoke may linger and accumulate in low-lying areas. Even after firefighters stop ignitions, interior areas of the burn unit may continue to burn or smolder and continue producing smoke. Air quality considerations are an important part of prescribed fire, and each fire prescription is planned to disperse smoke rapidly and reduce lingering haze.

Possible closures: The fire operation will remain west of Liberty Road. Temporary closures along Liberty Road may occur during the operation to ensure public health and safety when firefighters are working along the road. 
 
For More Information: 
Great Sand Dunes Visitor Center: (719) 378-6341
Email: GRSA_Interpretation@nps.gov
InciWeb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov 
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GreatSandDunesNPP/  
Twitter: https://twitter.com/GreatDunesNPS

Basic Information

Incident Type:
Prescribed Fire
Location:
28 miles northeast of Alamosa, CO
Coordinates:
37.905, -105.685
Fuels Involved:
Grass and rabbitbrush with occasional scattered pinyon/juniper.

Incident Contact

Incident Contact
Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve
Email: GRSA_Interpretation@nps.gov
Phone: (719) 378-6341
Fire Unit Information
Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve
National Park Service
11500 Highway 150 Mosca Colorado 81146
CO