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Pile burning to continue in Meeker Park, Gold Hill, Jamestown areas of the Boulder Ranger District

Pile burning to continue in Meeker Park, Gold Hill, Jamestown areas of the Boulder Ranger District

BOULDER, Colo.—December 6, 2019—With snow on the ground providing favorable conditions, U.S. Forest Service firefighters are working to burn slash piles on the Boulder Ranger District over the next week, 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, M3403, M3501, M3502, O3501 (500 hand piles, 100 machine piles) – 1 mile east of Gold Lake.
  • Horse Creek Units 1, 2, 4 (50 machine piles) – 3 miles west of Gold Hill.

Smoke may be visible from Meeker Park, Sky View Estates, Lefthand Canyon, Gold Hill, 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 and ask to be added to the Boulder Ranger District Prescribed Fire list.

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