The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has announced that they will be conducting prescribed burns on the Baca National Wildlife Refuge during the period from now through June 15. Specifically, areas along Willow Creek and Upper Deadman Creek have burn prescriptions in place for spring and early summer to contribute to 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 large plumes of smoke temporarily generated as a result of the prescribed burning, and some burn units have the potential to smolder for several days. 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 the Baca National Wildlife Refuge Manager, Ron Garcia at 719-256-5527. You may also call him for any additional information requests.