The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has announced that they will be conducting prescribed burns of several debris piles on the Baca National Wildlife Refuge during the period of January 21 through February 28, 2014.  Specifically, wood piles (small branches) along Deadman and Cottonwood creeks have burn prescriptions in place to contribute towards debris removal and wildlife habitat improvement at the refuge.  The burns will be conducted by professional fire personnel from the San Luis Valley Interagency fire management team.  Exact burn dates will depend on weather conditions and other prescription requirements.

Adjacent neighbors and towns should be aware of plumes of smoke temporarily generated as a result of this prescribed burning, and wood piles have the potential to smolder for several days.  All burns will be monitored until they are declared completely out.  Signs will be posted along the nearest major road (Saguache County Rd. T).  Any neighbors or individuals that may require special consideration or assistance in the event that unplanned smoke issues arise are encouraged to call Refuge Manager, Ron Garcia at (719) 256-5527.

For additional information, contact the Baca National Wildlife Refuge at (719) 256-5527.