Prescribed burns set for North Routt this week

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— Routt National Forest fire crews are planning to conduct a prescribed burn this week southwest of the Seedhouse Campground in northern Routt County, according to a news release form the Medicine Bow-Routt National Forests.

The Seedhouse Prescribed Burn will take place on Forest Service lands managed by the Hahns Peak-Bears Ears Ranger District.

Crews will use drip torches to carry out burning operations throughout the course of one day. Suitable weather and fuel moisture will determine the exact date of the burn.

About 300 acres are targeted to reduce hazardous fuels and alter future fire behavior within treated areas along this portion of the Elk River corridor, which is located adjacent to private land at Hinman Park. Successfully reducing fuels now will help make future potential wildland fire management efforts in this area more safe and effective.

This particular burn unit is composed of a mix of mountain shrubs, grasses and aspen. While smoke may be visible from some areas during burning operations, because of the overall light fuel type, it should subside by the evening. U.S. Forest Service fire crews will monitor the burned area after operations until the fire is safely out.

Prescribed burning is a versatile forest management tool that can mimic historically natural fire disturbances, reduce hazardous fuels buildup and improve habitat for a variety of wildlife.

For more information about this or other forest management projects, call the Hahns Peak-Bears Ears Ranger District at 970-870-2299, or stop by the District Office at 925 Weiss Drive in Steamboat Springs between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.

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