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Slash pile burning complete in many Forsythe project area units; more burning planned this week

BOUDLER, Colo.(March 22) – Over the weekend, Forest Service fire managers finished burning Forsythe units 99, 42, 75, 76 & 50 for a total of 1,920 slash piles. Last night’s storm and continued storms in the forecast this week should present more burning opportunities. The following units will be targeted this week:


  • James Creek RFB Units 6, 8: 5,000 piles remaining General location: Half mile south of Jamestown or quarter mile East of Bar K Ranch
  • James Creek Unit M1701: 8,000piles General Location: East of Hwy 72, near Peaceful Valley.
  • St Vrain Units 15a, 15b: 6,000 piles General Location: 5 miles west of Lyons, North side of Ralph Price Reservoir (Button Rock)
  • Forsythe II Units 50: 1,500 hand piles General Location: 1.5 mile northeast of Wondervu, south side of Gross Reservoir
  • Forsythe II Units 39, 40, 45: 1,750 piles General Location: 1.5 mile northwest of Wondervu, west side of Gross Reservoir


About Pile Burning

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. 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