By Danielle Chavira

DURANGO, Colo. (CBS4) – Forest Rangers are taking steps to prevent wildfires in the San Juan Mountains near Durango. They’re burning off brush and slash piles in the Turkey Springs Area.

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They’ve burned 115 acres so far. The piles were made after hand thinning work was done during the summer.

The operations could continue through April.

(credit: USFS)

Crews burn only when smoke permit conditions are met. Public access to the forest should not be affected.

Danielle Chavira