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Forest Service Plans Prescribed Burn in Twin Lakes


The fall colors always bring out the Praying Angel at 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 the Flume Creek area at Twin Lakes sometime in the month of October.

While a tentative ignition date was scheduled for this Saturday,  Oct. 1, at yesterday’s Lake County Emergency Services Council meeting, John Markalunas with the USFS, announced that date will most likely be re-scheudled as Friday into Saturday could bring wetter weather to the area. For the most up-to-date information, readers are encouraged to connect on the Lake County Office of Emergency Management Facebook page. Leadville Today will also relay the updated information as received, but residents in the area should be situational aware of the burn.

The Flume Creek prescribed burn is located near Twin Lakes (Lake County): southwest of Twin Lakes at the headwaters of the Reservoir. When the prescribed burned is initiated, temporary road closures may be necessary to provide for public and firefighter safety.

The project involves 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 a prescribed burn at Twin Lakes in October. 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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