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Pile burning activities continue across Boulder Ranger District

Pile burning activities continue across Boulder Ranger District

NEDERLAND, Colo. (Jan. 23, 2017) – U.S. Forest Service firefighters burned another 1,000 hand piles on the Boulder Ranger District last week, bringing the total accomplishments to nearly 3,200 small slash piles and more than 85 large (machine built) slash piles burned on the district this winter.

Work continues this week on National Forest lands between Jamestown, Gold Hill and Ward, including:

  • finishing up hand piles east of Gold Lake Ranch;
  • working on piles near Sawmill Road and Gold Hill Road; and
  • burning small machine pile near Switzerland Trail.

Crews also are working to complete burning hand piles at Taylor Mountain, 3 miles east of Allenspark.

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.

Conditions are evaluated each day to determine if ignition will take place. Ignitions are generally begin after 10 a.m. and cease several hours before sunset. 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.

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Prescribed fire smoke may affect your health. For more information see

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


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