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?

Check.

Have smoke management criteria been met?

Check.

Have all 20 or so personnel been briefed on their assignments, safety, etc.?

Check.

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