Prescribed burns are slated for Swan Mountain and Lake Hill this fall |

Prescribed burns are slated for Swan Mountain and Lake Hill this fall

SUMMIT COUNTY – The Forest Service plans to burn an area around Sapphire Point atop Swan Mountain Road and Lake Hill north of the Old Dillon Reservoir sometime this fall to promote plant diversity around Lake Dillon.

Forest Service officials have broken down the Sapphire Point project into three areas. Depending on the weather, the first will be burned this fall and take two or three days to complete.

That burn will regenerate stagnant lodgepole pine stands, improve the age diversity of trees and other plants, decrease the risk of a catastrophic wildfire and decrease the risk of insect infestations.

Swan Mountain Road will be closed because high smoke accumulations could impair driver visibility.

The Lake Hill burn, scheduled to take one day in the fall or spring, is being done to revegetate aspen stands and improve wildlife habitat in the area. The burn will be visible from Interstate 70, and traffic control operations along the highway and Dillon Dam Road might be in place.

Fire officials will use a smoke prediction model, weather forecasts and monitoring equipment to reduce the impact of the smoke to the public.

The burns also will provide a training opportunity for local firefighters and law enforcement officials, whose expertise is critical to public safety and property protection.

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