PARACHUTE, Colo. Upper Colorado River Interagency Fire and Fuels Management will conduct a prescribed burn on Battlement Mesa Thursday.
The burn will take place on the north aspect of Battlement Mesa, roughly seven miles from Parachute, on National Forest System lands near Garfield County Road 306.
Up to 2,000 acres are expected to be ignited to benefit wildlife habitat. The burn will consist of Gabel Oak and mixed mountain shrub vegetation.
The intent of the project is to promote nutrient recycling of fire-adapted vegetation communities, to provide an improved food source for wildlife, and to create habitat conditions that will encourage wintering deer and elk to stay on public lands longer by improving the big game winter range.