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Author: Melinda LaJudice

Pile burning planned on the Boulder Ranger District

Pile burning planned on the Boulder Ranger District          

BOULDER, Colo.—November 8, 2019—U.S. Forest Service firefighters will undertake slash pile burning on the Boulder Ranger District over the next week as conditions allow, focusing on the following areas:

  • St. Vrain Units 12a, 12b, 12d (6,000 hand piles) – In the town of Meeker Park.
  • James Creek Unit H1501 (1,500 hand piles) – Sky View Estates, near Ceran St. Vrain Trailhead, 2 miles east of Peak to Peak Highway on Overland Rd.
  • James Creek RFB Units 6, 7, 8 (7,500 hand piles) – 0.5 mile south of Jamestown.
  • James Creek RFB Units 5, 12, 13 (10,000 hand piles) – Lefthand Canyon, 1 mile east of Gold Lake and 5 miles west of U.S. 36.
  • James Creek Units M3401, M3501, M3502, O3501, M3201, M3403 (500 hand piles, 100 machine piles) – 1 mile east of Gold Lake.

Smoke may be visible from Meeker Park, Sky View Estates, Lefthand Canyon and Jamestown.

Wind helps disperse smoke created during pile burning operations and snow helps keep the piles contained. Seeing flames and smoke, even after dark, is part of normal operations. This reduces fuels on the landscape under the safest conditions.

Conditions are evaluated each day to determine if ignition will take place. Ignitions are generally expected to begin after 10 a.m. and will cease several hours before sunset. Smoke may be visible. Precipitation, wind, temperature, fuel moisture, and staffing all play a part in when and whether ignition occurs. Firefighters monitor the area after burning is complete. Public and firefighter safety is always the number-one priority in burning operations.

If you know someone who would like to receive updates on pile burning activities on the Boulder Ranger District, have them send an e-mail to travis.a.mason-bushman@usda.gov and ask to be added to the Boulder Ranger District Prescribed Fire list. To unsubscribe, please reply with UNSUBSCRIBE in the subject line.

For a complete list of locations where pile burning will occur this season, as well as updated accomplishments and photos, visit our InciWeb page at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4648

Boulder Ranger District prepares to begin winter pile burning

BOULDER, Colo.—October 28, 2019— With fresh snow on the ground across higher-elevation areas of Boulder and Gilpin counties, crews from the Roosevelt National Forest’s Boulder Ranger District are preparing to start burning slash piles resulting from fuels reduction and hazardous tree removal projects in the area.

 

Fuels reduction programs involve mechanical or hand thinning projects, removing trees to reduce forest density and improve forest health. While larger logs are removed for use, unmarketable limbs, saplings, and brush are piled up for burning. Hand piles result from crews using chainsaws to thin the forest and then piling the sawn material; machine piles result from using logging equipment and primarily consist of tree limbs left behind after marketable material is removed.

 

This season’s pile burning could begin as soon as November 4 and continue through this spring, depending on weather and fuels conditions. Piles are only ignited when fuels managers are confident that the project can be undertaken safely and successfully. Snow cover, fuel moisture, precipitation, wind, temperature, and available firefighter staffing are all taken into account before beginning a pile burn.

 

Piles which are ready for burning are prioritized based on elevation, aspect, access, and proximity to homes. Smoke, flames, and glowing embers are often visible, and are a normal part of pile burning operations. Snow helps contain the piles and firefighters monitor the area during and after the burn. Public and firefighter safety is always the number-one priority in burning operations.

 

Prescribed fire smoke may affect your health; for more information see http://www.colorado.gov/pacific/cdphe/wood-smoke-and-health/.

 

To get the latest updates on when and where burning will occur, follow us on Twitter and Facebook @usfsarp. To be added to our e-mail notification list, send an e-mail to travis.a.mason-bushman@usda.gov and ask to be added to the Boulder Ranger District Prescribed Fire list. For a complete list of locations where burning will occur this season, as well as updated accomplishments and photos, visit our InciWeb page at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4648.

 

The Boulder Ranger District has prioritized the areas listed below for pile burning this winter:

  • Lump Gulch 18 (2,000 hand piles) – 0.5 mile north of Rollinsville, west of Highway 119.
  • Lump Gulch 35 (500 hand piles) – 3 miles south of Rollinsville, west of Highway 119.
  • Lump Gulch 38 (2,000 hand piles) – South of South Beaver Road, 1 mile east of Highway 119.
  • Sugarloaf Unit 4 (475 hand piles) – 1.75 miles west of Gold Hill on County Road 52.
  • James Creek RFB Unit 1 (800 hand piles) – 1.5 miles northwest of Jamestown, west of County Road 87.
  • James Creek RFB Units 6, 7, 8 (7,500 hand piles) – 0.5 mile south of Jamestown.
  • James Creek RFB Unit 10 (3,250 hand piles) – Lefthand Canyon, 2 miles east of Peak to Peak Highway on Highway 52.
  • James Creek RFB Units 5, 12, 13 (10,000 hand piles) – Lefthand Canyon, 1 mile east of Gold Lake and 5 miles west of U.S. 36.
  • James Creek RFB Unit 17 (1,425 hand piles) – 0.5 mile north of Cal-Wood Ranch.
  • James Creek Unit M1602 (100 hand and machine piles) – Lefthand Canyon, 3 miles east of Peak to Peak Highway on Highway 52.
  • James Creek Unit H1501 (1,500 hand piles) – Sky View Estates, near Ceran St. Vrain Trailhead, 2 miles east of Peak to Peak Highway on Overland Rd.
  • James Creek Units M3401, M3501, M3502, O3501, M3201, M3403 (500 hand piles, 100 machine piles) – 1 mile east of Gold Lake.
  • James Creek Units H3401, H3402 (450 hand and machine piles) – Boulder Heights Subdivision, East of Peak View Road and Peak View Circle.
  • Gill (925 hand piles) – 0.25 mile south of Jamestown.
  • St. Vrain Units 13d, 14a, 14c (11,400 hand piles) – 1 mile west of Big Elk Subdivision on Johnny Park Rd.
  • St. Vrain Units 12a, 12b, 12d (6,000 hand piles) – In the town of Meeker Park.
  • Forsythe II Unit 74 (1,500 hand piles) – 1 mile north of Wondervu, west side of Gross Reservoir.
  • Horse Creek Units 1, 2, 4 (50 machine piles) – 3 miles west of Gold Hill.

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