Controlled burn planned for today |

Controlled burn planned for today

The Bears Ears/Routt National Forest is advising residents of the Yampa Valley that it will be performing a controlled burn just south of Gore Pass today.

People may notice some smoke in the area, USFS spokeswoman Dianne Pipher said.

Pipher’s agency is burning about 100 acres of sagebrush in the Rock Creek Area to encourage regenerative growth that will improve habitat for mule deer.

The area is in the Yampa Ranger District, southeast of Toponas.

Additional burning could take place on Wednesday, Pipher said.

Current conditions for perscribed burns are favorable, she said; the fuels are dry enough to burn, but the ground is still moist.

Steamboat Springs residents probably noticed atmospheric haze on Sunday and Monday that was similar to that caused by mid-summer range fires.

However, a spokesman for the Bureau of Land Management fire dispatch center in Craig said they are not tracking any fires in northwest Colorado.

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