COSJF 2024 San Juan National Forest Prescribed Fire Program


Last updated: 2024-04-18

The type of incident is Prescribed Fire and involves the following unit(s) San Juan National Forest.

State: Colorado


Latitude: 37° 16 24.2796 Longitude: 107° 53 34.8822

NOTE: All fire perimeters and points are approximations.

Incident Overview: The San Juan National Forest has wrapped up winter pile burning and is planning the 2024 broadcast prescribed fire season. Fire Officials will begin performing prescribed fires as weather, fuel, and fire resources permit. The forests in Southwest Colorado are part of a fire-adapted ecosystem, which historically experienced frequent, low intensity fires on a large scale. Prescribed fire replicates that fire regime and increases the area on our landscape that has been burned at low and moderate conditions.Reintroduction of prescribed fire is necessary to improve and restore vegetative conditions. This effort will reduce hazardous ground fuels, lessen the risk of unplanned large-scale wildfire, help restore ponderosa pine ecosystems, and improve wildlife habitat. Prescribed fire also reduces the ladder fuels that can carry fire into the canopy, killing mature trees.2024 Broadcast Prescribed Fire Plans:COLUMBINE RANGER DISTRICT (see news release for details):Vallecito Piedra 1,135 AcresApril 21: Firefighters have completed 235 acres in the Wickenson East unit of the Vallecito-Piedra Project.Sauls Creek 1,640 AcresApril 23: Firefighters completed 1,330 acres in Sauls Creek on April 22 and 23. DOLORES RANGER DISTRICT:Haycamp Mesa 4,583 AcresSalter 2,943 AcresBoggy Draw 7,615 Acres (see news release) (closure order)Week of May 6: Fire Managers are tentatively planning to burn between 500-1,100 acres in Boggy Draw unit 20 (Butler’s Corner) and potentially units 17 and 18 (Boggy Draw Trailhead) as well (see map). PAGOSA RANGER DISTRICT (see news release for details):Brockover-Devil Creek 2,100 Acres _____________2023/24 Winter Pile Burning Accomplishments: DOLORES RANGER DISTRICT:Smoke may be visible from State Highway 184, State Highway 145, and U.S. Route 491.Haycamp Mesa area (427 acres, 750 piles) near FSRs 556 and 492, south of Beef Pasture ReservoirTaylor Mesa area (145 acres, 44 piles) near FSRs 545 and 692Salter area (321 acres, 267 piles) near FSRs 514, 504, 519 and 293, northwest of Salter YLake Canyon area (518 acres, 336 piles) near FSRs 506, 504, 508, 514, 215, and 216 near Cow Canyon COLUMBINE RANGER DISTRICT:Sauls Creek (110 acres, 1800 piles) near FS roads 755, 755.A, 131, and 131.C Junction Creek (90 acres, 75 piles) near FS road 171, in the Log Chutes trail area Fossett Gulch (40 acres, 100 piles) near FS roads 613 and 841Baldy Mountain (623 acres, 60 slash piles) off of Beaver Meadows Road PAGOSA RANGER DISTRICT:Lower portion of Turkey springs Road (FSR 629) near the powerlinesTurkey Springs Road near the Turkey Springs Guard Station Brockover Road (FSR 919), Buckles Lake Road (FSR 633)Huerto Creek timber sale between Piedra Road (FSR 621) and Poison Park Road (FSR 644) 

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