BLM plans to clear more than 1,000 acres

Prescribed burns are being planned to thin more than 1,000 acres of aging Gambel oak stands on Bureau of Land Management land just north of El Jebel.

The project is designed to reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfires entering nearby private property from BLM lands and provide for firefighter and public safety, according to a statement from the BLM.

The burns will take place incrementally, with the first planned for May, but all action will be during the spring or fall, and each treatment is dependent upon weather and ground conditions.

A draft environmental assessment went before the public at the Eagle County Community Center in El Jebel on Monday.

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