Prescribed burn today and tomorrow

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    By Ann Bond
    Special to The SUN

    The Pagosa Ranger District plans to conduct prescribed burning today and tomorrow, Jan. 28 and 29, weather permitting, on 30 acres of San Juan National Forest lands near the visitors’ center within Chimney Rock National Monument.

    About one dozen firefighters will ignite by hand needle litter and debris left over from a 2009 mechanical fuels-reduction project to further reduce flammable fuels on the ground. Burning operations are expected to take place from about noon until mid-afternoon for optimum smoke dispersal.  Smoke is expected to be minimal but may settle in areas to the north the following morning.  Signs will be posted on highways to alert travelers, but no visibility concerns are expected.

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