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
28 miles northeast of Alamosa, CO
Grass and rabbitbrush with occasional scattered pinyon/juniper.
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