Additional Piles Available for Burning on the Canyon Lakes Ranger District

Contact(s): Reghan Cloudman


FORT COLLINS, Colo. – Firefighters from the Canyon Lakes Ranger District of the Roosevelt National Forest have identified additional areas where slash piles from multiple fuels reduction and hazardous tree removal projects are ready to be burned. Burning of these piles could take place throughout the snowy, winter months.

Last year firefighters burned more than 17,600 slash piles across the district. Typically crews are permitted to burn as many as 250 to 1,000 smaller hand piles a day at each location if conditions are met, which includes a minimum of three inches of snow cover, and one to 40 larger machine piles could be burned a day with a minimum of six inches of snow.

These piles are only ignited under certain conditions, including favorable smoke dispersal and adequate snow cover. The areas are monitored after burning is completed. When and where burning occurs depends on the conditions listed above. Public and firefighter safety is always the number one priority in burning operations.

Areas with hand piles ready for burning are:

  • Stub Creek (at the U.S. Forest Service Stub Creek Work Center and south of Glendevey)
  • Magic Sky 2 and 3 (east of Red Feather Lakes, north of County Road 74E and near the Magic Sky Ranch)
  • Red Feather 3 (north/northeast of Red Feather Lakes)
  • Red Feather 4 (Red Feather Lakes area south and east of Molly Lake Trailhead)
  • Glen Haven 1 (north of Glen Haven near the North Fork Trailhead)
  • Thompson River 4 (6 miles east of Estes Park)

Areas with machine piles ready for burning are:

  • Panhandle 2 (north of the County Road 86 and Forest Service Road 336 intersection)
  • Elkhorn 1 (southwest of Red Feather Lakes north of the Bellaire Lake Campground)
  • Deadhorse-Pratt Creek (north of County Road 80C on Forest Service Road 182, adjacent to Deadhorse Mountain)
  • Pratt Creek (north of County Road 80C along the Forest Service Road 182 corridor, adjacent to Deadhorse Mountain)

If you would like to receive regular updates about burning in your area, please contact Reghan Cloudman at reghan.cloudman@usda.gov to get added to the district’s email contact list. Burning is also announced on our recorded information line at 970-498-1030 and information is posted online at http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4648/. Prescribed fire smoke may affect your health. For more information see https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/cdphe/wood-smoke-and-health.

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