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Firefighters Will Conduct Cattle Creek Prescribed Burn, Weather Permitting

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The Cattle Creek prescribed burn in 2017.
Credit Upper Colorado River Fire and Aviation Management Unit

Firefighters plan to conduct a prescribed burn up Cattle Creek on Thursday.

 

If the weather cooperates, the goal is to burn nearly 2,000 acres.

 

Hand crews and fire engines, as well as helicopters, will ignite portions of Forest Service land near Cottonwood Pass, nine miles north of El Jebel.

Thanks to the melting snowpack, conditions are wet enough to make this an ideal time for the prescribed burn.

Smoke could be visible from Basalt to Glenwood Springs, and from Eagle to Gypsum.

 

The burn is meant to improve wildlife habitat and reduce fuels in the event of future wildfires.

 

In a press release, the Forest Service said similar burns from the last decade helped slow the advance of the 2018 Lake Christine Fire.