The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has announced that they will be conducting a series of prescribed burns on the Baca National Wildlife Refuge during the period of May 1st through June 30th , 2011.   Specifically, areas along Lower Crestone Creek, Upper Willow Creek, Upper Cottonwood Creek, Upper Deadman Creek and Antelope Springs have burn prescriptions in place for this Spring and early Summer to contribute towards wildlife habitat improvement.  Fire crews from other national wildlife refuges as well as from the Rio Grande National Forest will conduct the burns.   Exact burn dates will depend on weather conditions and other prescription requirements

Adjacent neighbors and towns should be aware of large plumes of smoke generated as a result of the prescribed burning and some  burn units have the potential to smolder for several days.  However, all burns will be monitored until they are declared completely out.  Signs will be posted along nearest major roads including Saguache County Rd. T and Colorado State Highway 17.   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.