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For Immediate Release  • April 17, 2014
Media Contact: Holly Milne, Marketing Specialist, 303-774-4387,
Public Contact: Public Works & Natural Resources Call Center, 303-651-8416,

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Prescribed Burns to Occur at Jim Hamm Nature Area and Union Reservoir

April 17, 2014 - The City of Longmont will soon be conducting controlled vegetation burns at Jim Hamm Nature Area and Union Reservoir. These burns are planned to take place during daylight hours sometime between April 17 – May 16. Specific days have yet to be set, as burning is contingent on favorable weather conditions and fuels moisture.

Jim Hamm Nature Area

In the Jim Hamm area, crews will be burning around most of the pond perimeter with the intent to burn cattails for the purpose of water conveyance, mosquito control, and habitat improvements and diversity.Crews plan to have work in the Jim Hamm area completed before May 1, when water will be placed in the pond.

Union Reservoir

The Union Reservoir burn takes place each year for the purpose of vegetation management and fire prevention.By doing a prescribed burn, City staff can perform activities under a controlled environment and minimize the likelihood of unpredicted fires due to other causes. This prescribed burn will take place along the north/northwest portion of the reservoir. It’s planned to occur sometime during the last week of April to the second week of May, weather dependent.

Although no threats to private property are anticipated, there will be sufficient Public Safety and Natural Resources personnel and apparatus on scene to ensure a controlled and successful completion of these projects. Personnel on scene will closely monitor smoke to avoid impacts to motorists and residents, although, the burn may create considerable smoke in the area and could cause discomfort for those with respiratory ailments.

Jim Hamm Nature Area, Union Reservoir and surrounding roads will remain open during the course of the burns. Concerns or questions about these prescribed burns can be directed the City of Longmont at 303-651-8446 or