With summer heat on Western Slope’s doorstep, prescribed burns benefit wildlife, limit fuel buildup
MOLINA — On a pleasant midmorning on a gentle slope on the lower flanks of Grand Mesa in early May, Patrick “P.K.” Kieran gathers a group of fellow wildland firefighters around him and runs through a last-minute checklist.
Are the weather conditions right?
Have smoke management criteria been met?
Have all 20 or so personnel been briefed on their assignments, safety, etc.?