The fire program at the Dolores Public Lands Office will resume planned prescribed fire projects that were started in the spring. Projects might begin as early as this week. A list proposed projects follow: Slash piles from completed U.S. Forest Service timber sales in the upper Haycamp and Cottonwood areas of the district. Dolores Rim - located in Dolores County, six miles east of Dove Creek (T41N, R18W, sections 35 &36, T41N, R17W, sections 19, 30-32, T40N, R18W, sections 1, 2, and 12,T40N, R17W, sections 4-9). Up to 300 acres of treatment is planned on U.S. Bureau of Land Management property. Quakie - located in San Miguel County, six miles east of Egnar (T42N, R18W, sections 2-4, 9-11, 14, 15 and 22). Up to 225 acres of treatment is planned on BLM lands. Doe Canyon - located in Dolores County, approximately 10 miles east of Dove Creek (T40N, R16W, sections 19 and 30, T40N, R17 W, section 2, T39N, R17W, section 2). Up to 170 acres of treatment is planned on forest service lands. South Carver - Located on Haycamp Mesa, 400 acres of treatment is planned on forest service lands. All prescribed burns will take place in ponderosa pine forests and will be monitored by a local staff of qualified firefighters. Scott McDermid, fire management officer for the Dolores Public Lands Office, says the projects are contingent on weather conditions that will help assure predictable fire behavior and maximum smoke dispersion. These projects are part of the National Fire Plan underway across the nation to make public and private lands safer from wildfire by reducing the buildup of natural fuels. The prescribed fires will also improve the health of ponderosa pine stands by reducing competition from Gambel oak, removing ground litter to expose mineral soil needed for seed germination, and releasing minerals and nutrients into the soil. Opening up the forest canopy to allow sunlight to stimulate the growth of grasses and plants will also improve forage and habitat for deer and elk. For more information, contact the Dolores Public Lands Office at 882-7296.
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