News Release


San Luis Valley National Wildlife Refuge Complex

9383 El Rancho Lane

Alamosa, Colorado 81101

For Immediate Release

March 25, 2022

Prescribed Burns Planned at Alamosa and Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuges

Contact: Dean Lee, (719) 589-4021,

Alamosa, Monte Vista – The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will be conducting prescribed burns this spring on the Alamosa and Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuges to remove old, matted vegetation to improve wildlife habitat. The burns will be conducted by professional fire personnel from the Mid-Plains Fire Zone Unit.  The exact burn dates will depend on weather conditions and other prescription requirements. Target dates start March 28 but may extend through April 30.

Smoke will be visible to adjacent neighbors, towns and highways during and for a few days following burning operations. Signs will be posted along the nearest major roads and all burns will be monitored until they are declared completely out. 

 Prescribed fire smoke may affect your health. For more information see

 For up-to-date information, Like Us on our San Luis Valley National Wildlife Refuge Complex Facebook page at or contact Alamosa and Monte Vista Refuge, Wildlife Refuge Specialist  Dean Lee  (719) 589-4021. 

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