Mountain Village Pile Burning Planned

Release Date: Nov 8, 2017  

Contact(s): Kimberlee Phillips 970-874-6717

In an ongoing effort, the Norwood Ranger District of the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre, and Gunnison National Forests plans to burn several large piles resulting from a 2015 forest health demonstration project which lies within the ski area. The piles are located south of Mountain Village town limits on the Double Cabins trail just west of Lift 10 and below Run Away Train ski trail on National Forest System lands.

Extensive planning for this project occurred in 2015. Forest staff developed a detailed burn plan to provide for safe and effective operations. The burn plans are in place and ready for use under favorable conditions.

Fire officials anticipate a burning window within the next two weeks, as weather and snow conditions permit. According to the burn plan, these piles will be burned when adequate (minimum of one inch) snow cover is present. Smoke dispersal and ground conditions will be within prescribed parameters to safely burn the piles.

Firefighter and public safety is of primary concern.  Conditions must be consistent with the prescribed burn plans and meet the requirements of smoke permits issued by the State of Colorado.  Burning will occur only if weather, staffing, and smoke dispersal conditions are compliant. 

Notice of plans to ignite the piles will be issued to local contacts the day of the burn.  Additionally, the Forest Service will place notification signs on main access routes where burning occurs to alert residents and travelers in the area. Notifications and updates will also be posted on Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre, and Gunnison National Forests social media sites.

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For information on prescribed burns, wildfires and fire restrictions on National Forest System lands and other areas, call the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests Fire Information line at 970.874.6602

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The Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre & Gunnison National Forests manage approximately 3 million acres of land in Southwest Colorado within Delta, Garfield, Gunnison, Hinsdale, Mesa, Montrose, Ouray, Saguache, San Juan and San Miguel counties.



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