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Slash pile burning could begin near Meeker Park, Allenspark, Jamestown this week if conditions allow

Last week, Forest Service fire managers burned 860 piles in the Forsythe Project area near Nederland and 40 piles in the Yankee Hill project area on Fall River Road in Clear Creek County. Starting later this week and continuing as conditions allow, Forest Service firefighters will be burning slash piles in the Jamestown, Allenspark and Meeker Park areas, including:

  • 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: 1,425 piles General Location: 1 mile northeast of Allenspark, east of Hwy 7
  • St Vrain 12A 12B 12d: 6,000 piles General Location: In the town of Meeker Park

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 https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4648.

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