Leadville News – September 27

Forest Service Begins Prescribed Burn in Twin Lakes

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The US Forest Service started its prescribed burn at Twin Lakes south of Leadville Today. The huge billows of white smoke could be seen for miles. Photo: Leadville Today

Huge plumes of white smoke billowing into the bright blue skies can send chills down any resident living in Leadville Today. However, area residents should note that they will see smoke from a prescribed burn down at Twin Lakes starting today.

The U.S. Forest Service (USFS), has initiated its prescribed burn in the Flume Creek area at Twin Lakes. This project area is located four miles southeast of Twin Lakes Village, on the southeast side of Twin Lakes Reservoir and covers approximately 120 acres.Prescribed Burn Twin Lakes_13

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.  Prescribed fires also minimize impacts to air quality when compared to wildfires.  Prescribed fire smoke may affect your health. For more information see: www.colorado.gov/cdphe/wood-smoke-and-health .  Safety for the public and firefighters is the top priority when considering any prescribed fire operation on the landscape.

Weather and fuel conditions may affect the dates for ignition. Fire personnel will monitor conditions to determine if and when ignition should take place.  Once the burn begins, smoke will be visible for several days throughout the Arkansas River Valley and surrounding areas.

For up-to-date information about these prescribed burns, contact the Leadville Ranger District at 719-486-0749, or follow them  on Facebook and on Twitter: @PSICC_NF and #FlumeCreekRX .

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The initial smoke sent residents to the phones as the first notification regarding the prescribed burn had been canceled. Clearly conditions improved and Salida District Ranger Jim Pitts made the call to proceed with the mission. Photo: Leadville Today.

 

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