Prescribed Fire on the Pikes Peak Ranger District

General Information

Visit our forest's home page for general information about prescribed fire.The Pikes Peak Ranger District regularly posts Tweets about our prescribed fires. Follow us on Twitter: @PSICC_NF for updates.

2017 Pikes Peak Ranger District Broadcast Burn Projects

TROUT CREEK RX:  Two units, totaling approximately 520 acres, are targeted for the fall. Some or all units may be burned depending on conditions. The units may be broken into smaller units.  They are located west of Highway 67 between Woodland Park and Westcreek, north of Painted Rocks Road (CR 78).  Vegetation is primarily open ponderosa pine, grass meadows, and shrubs. The objectives are to reduce surface fuel loading and ladder fuels while regenerating native grasses and shrubs. Another objective is to reduce dwarf mistletoe, insects/disease, and improve forest health. The overall goal is to reduce potential for high intensity fires and lower the risk to adjacent private lands and homes.  Use the Twitter hashtag: #TroutCreekRx

Click here for a map of the Trout Creek prescribed burn project area

HWY 67W RX:  Three units, totaling approximately 460 acres, may be burned. Some or all units may be burned depending on conditions. The units may be broken into smaller units.  They are located west of Highway 67 between Forest Service Road 342 and Painted Rocks Road (CR 78), north of Woodland Park.  Vegetation is primarily mixed conifer, aspen, and shrubs. The objectives are to reduce surface fuel loading and ladder fuels. Another objective is to reduce dwarf mistletoe, insects/disease, and improve forest health. The overall goal is to reduce potential for high intensity fires and lower the risk to adjacent private lands and homes. Use the Twitter hashtag: #Hwy67WRx

Click here for a map of the Hwy 67 West prescribed burn project area

What to Expect

A smoke “column” will be highly visible from a long distance away, but especially from Woodland Park, Divide, Westcreek, the Highway 24 and Highway 67 corridors. The next day smoke will still be visible from the burn, but much less (if no other units are ignited). 

2017/2018 Pikes Peak Ranger District Pile Burn Projects

Pike’s Peak Area: Three areas located on the North/Northeast side of Pike’s Peak. One area is between South Catamount Reservoir and Pike’s Peak Highway, one is located along Pike’s Peak Highway between Crowe Gulch picnic area and Crystal Creek Reservoir, and one is located along Forest Service Road 330 northeast of Manitou Reservoir.  The pile burn units are comprised of hand piles of smaller trees that were thinned and piled to reduce hazardous fuels around the reservoirs, recreation areas, and along Pike’s Peak Highway. As these units are on Pike’s Peak and at high elevations, smoke will likely be visible along Highway 24 and surrounding communities including: Woodland Park, Green Mountain Falls, and Cascade.  Use the Twitter hashtag: #PikesPeakRD

North Divide Area: Multiple areas located north of Divide.  Several are located along CR 51.  A larger area is located between and near the junction of 717B/717C/717D trails.  Multiple areas are located near Forest Service Roads 357 and 364.  Piles are made up of tree tops and limbs, as well as smaller trees generated from thinning and fuels reduction work in the area.  Some larger boles have been made available for public firewood. Use the Twitter hashtag: #PikesPeakRD

Raspberry Mountain and Crags Area: Located between Highway 67 and Raspberry Mountain along Forest Service Road 399. The unit is comprised of hand piles of smaller trees that were thinned and piled to reduce hazardous fuels within the wildland urban interface (next to private property). Four larger piles located along Forest Service Road 383 resulted from an operation to remove hazardous trees (killed by spruce beetle) near the Crags trailhead and campground.  Use the Twitter hashtag: #PikesPeakRD

Painted Rocks Road and Highway 67 Area: Located 1 mile west of Painted Rocks campground off Painted Rocks Road (CR 78).  The piles in this area were created from thinning in the area to reduce hazardous fuels within the wildland urban interface (next to private property).  Another unit is located at the junction of Highway 67 and Forest Service Road 339.  This unit is comprised of hand piles of tree limbs and tops that were piled after the boles of the trees were made available for public firewood last year. Use the Twitter hashtag: #PikesPeakRD

What to Expect

Ignition in each of the project areas may take as little as one day up to multiple weeks depending on ground and weather conditions. Smoke may be visible from a long distance away, but especially from Woodland Park, Divide, and along the Highway 24 and Highway 67 corridors. The next day smoke may still be visible from the burn areas, but much less (if no other units are ignited).


For additional information about prescribed fire projects on the Pike’s Peak Ranger District, please contact Amanda Disman, Fuels Assistant Fire Management Officer, at 719-687-9414 ext. 107, or adisman@fs.fed.us.