Pile burning continues on the Sulphur Ranger District

Contact(s): Travis Mason-Bushman

GRANBY, Colo.—November 1, 2019—U.S. Forest Service firefighters are continuing slash pile burning on the Sulphur Ranger District over the next week, focusing on the following areas:

  • Trail Creek Fuels North (5,000 hand piles) – 2.5 miles northwest of Fish Bay on Granby Lake
  • ANRA/Supply Creek Fuels/Kawuneeche Road North (20 machine piles and 1,000 hand piles) – 1.5 miles northwest of Columbine Lake, near Supply Creek Trailhead
  • Pass Creek (175 machine piles) – West and east of Highway 125 near Gravel Mountain

Smoke may be visible from Grand Lake, Winter Park and the Colorado Highway 125 corridor.

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.

If you know someone who would like to receive updates on pile burning activities on the Sulphur Ranger District, have them send an e-mail to travis.a.mason-bushman@usda.gov and ask to be added to the Sulphur Ranger District Prescribed Fire list. To unsubscribe, please reply with UNSUBSCRIBE in the subject line.

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.