Message from Reghan Cloudman of the US Forest Service:
Firefighters on the Canyon Lakes Ranger District of the Roosevelt National Forest are monitoring local conditions to begin prescribed fire operations as soon as June 21, 2021, on the Magic Feather Prescribed Burn to improve forest health. The wildfires of 2020 are a somber reminder of the importance of proactive fuels management and forest restoration.
This burn is located east and southeast of Red Feather Lakes. Burning operations next week could include two units totaling 1,046 acres, located north of County Road 74E (Red Feather Lakes Road). Work has already taken place in the area to prepare for ignitions, including tree cutting around the perimeter and within the interior of the project. Crews have been in the area over the weekend preparing for Monday.
Appropriate, localized conditions must be met before ignition of prescribed burns can take place. Fire managers have been carefully monitoring these conditions, including favorable weather forecast (temperature, wind, precipitation, relative humidity), fuel moisture, smoke dispersal and staffing. Fire managers have been waiting for fuels to dry out enough within the project area in order for fire to carry and meet the prescribed burn objectives. Weather is monitored throughout the burn and burning will be halted if conditions fall outside of the required conditions. In ideal conditions, as many as 500 acres could be burned in one day.
Residents and visitors in the area should expect to see smoke when operations are taking place. Temporary closures of the Mount Margaret Trail should be expected. Please follow all signage. Smoke may also impact those using the Dowdy Lake and West Lake campgrounds and day-use areas.