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Slash Pile burning continues in Jamestown, Rollinsville areas

BOULDER (March 19, 2019) – Over the past week, crews have burned 2,400 slash piles across the Boulder Ranger District with assistance from Timberline and Lefthand fire protection districts and an engine from the Colo. Division of Fire Prevention and Control. Burning continues today near Rollinsville and in Jamestown, and in other areas across the district as conditions allow over the coming week. 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. Burning generally begins after 10 a.m. and ceases several hours before sunset. 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.

Units recently completed:

  • 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: 17 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.

Continued burning at:

  • Lump Gulch 18: 20 acres of hand piles or approximately 2000 individual piles; Potential smoke impacts: Hwy 119 Peak to Peak Hwy, Rollinsville, Shoshoni Yoga Retreat, Nederland . General Location: Gilpin County ½ mile North of Rollinsville on Westside of Hwy 119 Peak to Peak.
  • Gill 37 acres of hand piles or approx. 925 piles; Potential smoke impacts:Jamestown; General location: Quarter mile south of Jamestown.
  • 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.

Burning could begin in the following units:

  • Lump Gulch 35: 12 acres of hand piles or approximately 500 individual piles; Potential smoke impacts: Hwy 119 Peak to Peak, Rollinsville, Snowline lake Area . General Location: Gilpin County South Side of Gilpin Rd, 3 miles South of Rollinsville on Westside of Hwy 119 Peak to Peak.
  • Lump Gulch 38: 25 acres of hand piles or approximately 2000 individual piles; Potential smoke impacts: Mountain Meadows Subdivision, Nederland, to Peak Peak Hwy 119, Rollinsville and Pinecliffe .General Location: Gilpin County off South Beaver Rd (South Side) mile East of Hwy 119
  • St Vrain Units 13d, 14a, 14c 456 acres of hand piles or approx. 11,400 piles; Potential smoke impacts:Big Elk Subdivision; General location: Johnny Park Road or 82E, 1 mile west of Big Elk Subdivision.
  • James Creek Unit H1501: 36 acres of hand piles or approx. 1,500 piles; Potential smoke impacts:Sky View Estates, Glacier View , Bar K subdivision, Jamestown; General location: 2 miles east of Peak to Peak on Overland Rd.