Bureau of Land Management prepares for potential fires

Published: Jul. 12, 2019 at 6:43 PM MDT
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The Bureau of Land Management wants to warn people to take caution, as the Grand Valley is in the midst of fire season.

BLM officials explained that since we had a rather snow-filled winter, it has allowed fuels to grow. Now that it is getting hotter and drier outside, the fuels could turn into flames. With the fire danger increasing, the BLM is starting to bring in extra resources in case of an emergency. Staff is also patrolling the area, especially when there are lightning strikes.

“Anywhere from campfires to debris burning to target shooting. Also, people dragging chains on the interstate can start a lot of fires," said Fire Management Specialist, Lathan Johnson.

The BLM is there to assist the firefighters on the ground with the aviation assets, and a firefighting helicopter that is stationed in Rifle is always ready to go. They want to emphasize that people should know and understand the fire rules and regulations wherever they are.

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