Latest News – October 3

Forest Service Plans Prescribed Burn in Twin Lakes

While they can never pinpoint an exact date due to weather and fuel conditions, the U.S. Forest Service (USFS), is planning a prescribed burn in Twin Lakes on October 27. As a result, temporary road closures may be necessary to provide for public and firefighter safety.

The Lake County prescribed burn is located near Twin Lakes (Lake County): southwest of Twin Lakes at the headwaters of the Reservoir.

The projects involve burning to reduce the accumulation of hazardous fuels, restore and maintain healthy and diverse forest ecosystems and maintain and enhance wildlife habitat. Partial partnership funding comes from Habitat Partnership Program.

According to the USFS, Prescribed fire is an important tool in reducing the risk of catastrophic wildfire across the landscape and can help prevent extreme fires by reducing hazardous fuel buildup and restoring the forest to a more natural state.

Where there's smoke, there will be prescribed burns are planned for Twin Lakes sometime in the next two months.

Where there’s smoke, there will be prescribed burns. Two burns are planned for Twin Lakes sometime within the next two months.Photo: Leadville Today

Prescribed fires also minimize impacts to air quality when compared to wildfires. Safety for the public and firefighters is the top priority when considering any prescribed fire operation on the landscape.

More information is available by calling the Leadville Ranger District at (719) 486-0749. Readers can also follow the USFS on Twitter for up-to-date information about these prescribed burn projects: @PSICC_NF, #TwinLakesRX.

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