Crews burned more than 1,000 slash piles across the Boulder Ranger District this week. Burning will continue this week along Overland Road near the Bar K subdivision and Ceran Saint Vrain and may also occur near Ward, Gold Lake and Burnt Mountain. Burning generally begins after 10 a.m. and ceases several hours before sunset.
Efforts will continue in the following areas:
• James Creek Units M0502, M3202, H3101 (Burnt Mountain): 200 acres of hand piles or approx. 4,000 piles; Potential smoke impacts: Ward, Bar K subdivision, Gold Lake, Jamestown Gold Hill, Rowena; General location: Peak to Peak Hwy, 1 mile North of Ward Gold Lake and County Rd 100 and 103 [50 acres remaining] — 700 more piles complete last week
• James Creek Units M0501 M0503 (Gold Lake): 150 acres of hand piles or approx. 4,500 piles; Potential smoke impacts: Ward, Bar K subdivision, Gold Lake, Jamestown Gold Hill, Rowena; General location: Gold Lake Rd, 1 mile east of Peak to Peak Hwy [30 acres remaining]
• James Creek Unit H1501 M1603 M401 M1603 (Overland Road): 500 acres of hand piles or approx. 5,000 piles; Potential smoke impacts: Sky View Estates, Glacier View, Bar K subdivision, Gold Lake, Jamestown; General location: 2 miles east of Peak to Peak on Overland Rd. – 350 piles complete last week
Conditions are evaluated each day to determine if ignition will take place. Precipitation, wind, temperature, fuel moisture and staffing all play a part in when and whether ignition occurs. 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 is one way that we can help reduce fuels on the landscape under the safest conditions.
Public and firefighter safety is always the number one priority in burning operations.