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Pile burning will begin near Ward and Gold Hill on Tuesday

BOULDER, Colo – (Oct. 9, 2017) With snow accumulations of 10-14 inches expected in the mountains west of Boulder, U.S. Forest Service firefighters will take advantage of conditions to begin slash pile burning near Ward and Gold Hill, including the following areas:

  • Gold Lake Road: 1 mile north of Ward on County Roads 100 and 103
  • Gold Hill: 1 mile west of Gold Hill and 3 miles east of Colo. Highway 119 on County Road 52

Smoke may be visible from the communities of Gold Hill and Ward.

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.

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.

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