Prescribed burns planned for Yellowjacket and First Notch areas


By Ann Bond
Special to The SUN

The Columbine Ranger District plans to conduct prescribed burns beginning Saturday, Sept. 19, and continuing through the following week in the Yellowjacket and First Notch areas of the San Juan National Forest east of Bayfield.

Crews worked this summer to widen past control lines that had become overgrown to help safely keep burning operations within predetermined boundaries. These fall burns will reduce the risk of high-intensity wildfires in these areas and increase forage on big game winter range.

Yellow Jacket

The Yellow Jacket prescribed fire encompasses 2,539 acres within two burn units, which will be ignited and monitored by trained firefighters using both ground and aerial ignition methods.

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