From the U.S. Forest Service ~
The Boulder & Clear Creek Ranger Districts of the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests and Pawnee National Grassland plan to take advantage of changing weather conditions this winter to burn slash piles left from multiple fuels reductions and hazardous tree removal projects.
These piles are only ignited under certain conditions that take into account favorable weather conditions, snow cover, fuel moisture, smoke dispersal and staffing. The areas are monitored after burning is completed.
Firefighters will spend the upcoming months burning piles in a number of locations across the districts. When and where burning occurs depends on the conditions listed above. Public and firefighter safety is always the number one priority in burning operations.
Last season, the Districts burned 42 machine piles and a small number of hand-made piles. The districts have approximately 50,000 hand and machine piles across the zone. Crews may burn as many as 100 to 450 smaller hand piles a day at each location if favorable conditions are met, which includes a minimum of three inches of snow cover. Some areas within the district also have larger machine piles. Typically, one to 40 of these could be burned at each location per day with a minimum of six inches of snow cover.
Areas on the Boulder Ranger District with hand and machine piles ready for burning are:
- The James Creek Project near the communities of Jamestown, Gold Hill, Ward and Bar K subdivision and Gold Lake Ranch.
- The Sugarloaf Project near the community of Sunset, Silver Springs and Swiss Peaks Subdivision.
Areas on the Clear Creek Ranger District with hand and machine piles ready for burning are:
- The Yankee Hill Project near Central City and Black Hawk.
- The Evergreen Project near Shadow Mountain, Maxwell Falls and Cub Creek Trail.
If you would like to receive regular updates about burning in your area, please contact Elsha Kirby by email or at (303) 541-2532 to get added to the district’s email contact list.