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Firefighters waiting for enough snow accumulation to begin pile burning west of Boulder

BOULDER, Colo – (Jan. 19, 2018)  U.S. Forest Service firefighters are still waiting for enough snow to accumulate in the mountains west of Boulder to allow for slash pile burning. So far this season, conditions have not developed to allow planned burns to occur. If this weekend’s predicted snowstorm develops, burning could occur next week in the following areas:

  • Lump Gulch (West Magnolia area)
  • Sugarloaf (Ridge Road/U.S. Forest Service Administrative Site)
  • James Creek Units (East of Ward)

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.

Ignitions are generally expected to begin after 10 a.m. and will cease several hours before sunset. Firefighters monitor the area after burning is complete. Public and firefighter safety is always the number one priority in burning operations.

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 the buildup of fuels on the landscape under the safest conditions.

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A complete list of areas where pile burning could occur on the Boulder Ranger District this season is located at: