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Posted on: September 17, 2019

[ARCHIVED] Prescribed Burning in Norwood Ranger District Beginning Sept. 21st

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Public Service Announcement:
Prescribed Burning in Norwood Ranger District


Kimberlee Phillips, Public Affairs Officer

Phone: 970-874-6717 Cell: 970-589-0842 Email: 

Dylan Peters, Public Affairs Specialist
Phone: 970-874-6625 Cell: 970-462-2969 Email:

Norwood, CO, September 16, 2019 –

GMUG Fire and Fuels Crews to begin prescribed burning operations in the Sanborn Park Project Area as early as September 21, or as conditions allow.

  • Located adjacent to NFSR #530 (Sanborn Park Road), NFSR #515, and NFSR #526, six miles east/northeast of Norwood, CO.

  • Approximately 500 acres are planned for treatment, with one to three days of ignition planned, weather dependent.

  • Caution is advised as smoke will likely be visible near National Forest System Road (NFSR) #530 (Sanborn Park Road), NFSR #515, NFSR #526, in and around the towns of Norwood, Telluride, Montrose and Ridgway. 

  • Smoke may impact Sanborn Park area residents.

  • Prescribed burn project areas will be patrolled and monitored for several days following ignition.

  • Objectives for prescribed burn:

    • Increasing the resiliency and reproduction of native ponderosa pine stands, protecting adjacent private property from the spread of large unplanned wildfires.

For information and updates on prescribed burns, wildfires and fire restrictions on National Forest System lands and other areas, call the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests Fire Information line at 970.874.6602, visit the GMUG Forest website (, Facebook: or Twitter: For more information on how smoke may affect your health, please visit:

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