Prescribed Burning Expected in the Poudre Canyon This Week

Contact(s): Reghan Cloudman

FORT COLLINS, Colo. – The Elkhorn portion of the Elkhorn-Pingree Hill Prescribed Burn is located in the Poudre Canyon on the Canyon Lakes Ranger District in the Roosevelt National Forest. Burning could begin as soon as March 5 if conditions allow.

The Elkhorn portion of this burn is located approximately two miles northwest of Rustic, south of Sevenmile Road, above the Arrowhead Visitor Center and is 2,191 acres. No burning has previously taken place on the Elkhorn portion of this project. The 1,913 acre Pingree Hill portion of the burn was completed last year and was located northeast of Rustic at the intersection of Highway 14 and Pingree Hill Road, south of Kelly Flats Road.

During winter and spring conditions, south facing slopes within the project area will be targeted as these areas generally have minimal to no snow and north facing slopes have snow cover to help contain the burn. In ideal conditions, more than 500 acres could be burned in one day. The goal of the burn is to reduce hazardous fuels and improve wildlife habitat. Work has already taken place within this project area to help ensure the burn stays within its identified perimeter.

Prescribed burning is an effective way to help restore forest health and reduce the risk of high-severity wildfires. Appropriate conditions must be met before ignition of prescribed burns can take place. Fire managers are carefully monitoring these conditions, including a favorable weather forecast (temperature, wind, precipitation, etc.), fuel moisture, smoke dispersal and staffing. Weather is monitored throughout the burn and burning will be halted if conditions fall outside of the required conditions.

Prescribed fire smoke may affect your health. For more information see To check the latest updates on when this burn will occur, check our recorded incident information line at 970-498-1030, online at or follow us on Twitter @usfsclrd. To get added to the email notification list, send an email to