Crews report progress on slash pile burning; may move to new areas in coming weeks
BOULDER, Colo – Winter conditions have allowed the crews to burn more than 5,000 slash piles so far this season. With more snow on the way, burning will hopefully continue this weekend and next week.
Burning will be focused in the following areas:
- James Creek Unit M1603 M1401: 5 acres remaining on 1603 and 26 acres remaining on 1401; 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.
- Forsythe II Unit 23: 19 acres of hand piles or approximately 30 individual piles; Potential smoke impacts: Magnolia Rd, Lazy Z and Ridgewood subdivisions, Nederland, Peak Peak Hwy 119 and Coal Creek or Hwy 72, Pinecliffe and Rollinsville. General Location: 3 miles East of Nederland, Magnolia Rd and Forest Rd 357 near Front Range Trailhead
- James Creek Unit M0801: 150 acres of hand piles or approx. 2,000 piles; Potential smoke impacts: Peaceful Valley, Raymond, Riverside, Allenspark, Bar K Subdivision; General location: Quarter mile west of Raymond.
- St Vrain 12A 12B 12d 200 acres of hand piles or approx. 6,000 piles Potential smoke impacts: Allenspark Park, County Rd 82 Area Meeker Park; General Location: In the town of Meeker Park
- Mad Creek/Blue Creek: 100 acres of hand piles or approx. 3,000 individual piles; Potential smoke impacts: Empire, Dumont, Downieville, Lawson; General Location: Immediately NW of the Town of Empire and along Highway 40 corridor.
The following areas have been completed:
- James Creek Units M0501 M0503 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 East of Peak to Peak Hwy.
- James Creek Units M0502, M3202, H3101: 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.
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.