Soapstone Natural Area Prescribed Fire

City of Fort Collins, Colorado

The Module, the City of Fort Collins Natural Areas, The Nature Conservancy - Colorado ChapterSouthern Rockies Wildland Fire Module, Livermore Fire Protection District, and Wellington Fire Protection District conducted 840 acres of prescribed fire on the Plover and Gaura burn units at the Soapstone Natural Area in March of 2018. 

The prescribed fires reintroduced natural disturbance to the prairie and improved habitat for grassland birds, including the state-listed mountain plover and the McCown’s longspur, which both need bare ground within the grassland for nesting.  The fires also promoted fire-adapted native grasses (buffalo grass and blue grama), and improved habitat for the federally threatened Colorado butterfly plant.

The Module worked as a Line Boss and provided Type 5 Wildland Engine Crew support.