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Winter storm could bring more slash pile burning opportunities across the Boulder foothills

BOULDER, Co (March 10) — Snow is in the forecast, and fire managers are planning to take advantage of conditions to burn slash piles over the coming week in the following locations:


  • 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 Unit 11B: 1,500 piles General Location: 1 mile northeast of Allenspark, east of Hwy 7
  • 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 99: 150 hand piles General Location: 1 mile southeast of Nederland, south side of Big Springs Subdivision
  • Forsythe II Units 50, 51: 2,500 hand piles General Location: 1.5 mile northeast of Wondervu, south side of Gross Reservoir
  • Forsythe II Units 39, 40, 42, 45, 75, 76: 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