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Swan Mountain Burn postponed due to winds

SUMMIT COUNTY – Fire officials have postponed a prescribed burn they’d hoped to begin today on Swan Mountain because weather forecasts are calling for wind that could push smoke into the Dillon area.

The Swan Mountain Burn, which in the past several years has been scheduled and postponed and scheduled again, would eliminate about 60 percent of the lodgepole pines near Sapphire Point to make room for new growth.

A stand of lodgepole pine with a variety of different-aged trees is less susceptible to insects and disease than a stand of trees that are all the same age.



The 112-acre Swan Mountain Burn is about a mile west of Summit Cove and just south of Sapphire point. The burn was to be conducted and monitored by the U.S. Forest Service, the county Sheriff’s Office and local fire departments.

“We will only initiate a burn if the conditions are favorable,” said burn boss Frankie Romero. “We start with a test fire, and if it appears to be doing what we want it to do, we’ll carry on.”



Burns are rarely conducted during the hot summer months, but fire officials are challenged in the cooler months with keeping fires going if there is too much humidity in the air or water in the fuels to be burned.

Last week, firefighters from various local departments and the Forest Service burned three acres on Lake Hill, just north of the Old Dillon Reservoir.

There will be periodic road closures on Swan Mountain Road when the burn gets under way, Romero said.

– Jane Stebbins


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