Southwest District BLM Prescribed
39.7 mi
NNW of Cortez, CO
1 weekago
Fire Status:
Last Updated:
24 mins, 12 secs ago
Incident #:
Fire Start:
Thursday, January 6, 2022 4:15 AM MST

Current Weather

Fire Growth Potential

Fire Weather Forecast

Incident Overview Updated: 3 days ago

Incident Photo for the Southwest District BLM Prescribed  Fire

The Bureau of Land Management Southwest District plans to conduct several prescribed burns beginning early October or as conditions allow. The prescribed burn projects will be on the Gunnison, Tres Rios and Uncompahgre Field Offices. The planned burns are part of larger projects to reduce hazardous fuels; protect wildland-urban interface communities; improve big game habitat, sage grouse habitat, and range conditions; and reintroduce fire to a fire-adapted ecosystem to restore healthy forests and species diversity.  

While no road closures are expected during the projects, camping near the units is discouraged due to increased traffic and likelihood of smoke in the area, particularly at night. Multiple days of burning may occur throughout the fall into the winter, as fuel conditions and weather permit. Project areas will be monitored once completed to ensure public safety. While smoke may be visible in the burn area at times, most of the smoke will lift and dissipate during the warmest parts of the day. Expect visible smoke in the area for several days after each burn is completed as vegetation in the interior continues to smolder. 

The BLM obtained smoke permits from the Colorado State Air Pollution Control Division, which identify atmospheric conditions under which the burns can be implemented. Prescribed fire smoke may affect your health. For more information, visit https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/cdphe/wood-smoke-and-health.

Specific information on upcoming prescribed burn projects can be found in the News section.

Basic Information

Incident Type:
Prescribed Fire
37.903, -108.826

Incident Contact

Incident Contact
Phone: 970-403-5576
Hours: M-F 9-4
Fire Unit Information
Tres Rios Field Office
Bureau of Land Management