Pile Burning

Pile burning is a type of prescribed fire where firefighters pile and burn forest debris to reduce an area’s wildfire risk.

  • These piles are made from the debris left after fuel reduction projects that involve thinning or cutting of trees in the forest.
  • Piles are only ignited under certain conditions, including favorable smoke dispersal and adequate snow cover, which helps contain the piles. These conditions direct firefighters on where within project areas burning can occur due to the localized nature of conditions.

Prescribed fire is an important tool for decreasing long-term fire risk to communities and to restore our forests so they are more resilient to natural fire in the future.

All of our pile burns are conducted within the requirements of a smoke permit issued by the state of Colorado. Location of pile burning operations are posted on inciweb seasonally.

For private landowners interested in burning on their property, check the Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control's Colorado Certified Burn program.

Pile Burning FAQ

Piles burning