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.

2018 Pikes Peak Ranger District Broadcast Burn Projects

TURKEY TRACKS RX: Four units, totaling 590 acres, may be burned this fall/winter. Some or all of the units may be burned depending on conditions. The units may be broken into smaller units. Aerial ignition will likely be used. The units are located west of Highway 67 and Rainbow Falls recreation area.  They are approximately 1.25 miles east of Westcreek and along Forest Service road 343. The burn is within the foot print of the Hayman Fire and the vegetation includes primarily patchy brush and grass with heavy concentrations of logs and standing dead trees. These heavy concentrations of standing dead trees pose a safety hazard to firefighters suppressing wildfires within this highly recreated area. The frequency of human caused fires has increased drastically within the area in recent years. The prescribed burn objectives are to reduce the number of hazardous standing dead trees and heavy fuel loading in order to improve firefighter and public safety. The overall goal is to reduce the fire behavior potential and lower the risk to surrounding communities, watershed, forest resources, and improvements.  Use the Twitter hashtag: #TurkeyTracksRx

Follow to Map of the Turkey Tracks prescribed burn project

TROUT CREEK RX: One unit, totaling approximately 270 acres, is targeted for the fall. Part or all of the unit may be burned depending on conditions. The unit may be broken into smaller units. It is located west of Highway 67 across from Rainbow Falls recreation area, 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

Follow to Map of the Trout Creek prescribed burn project

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: #Hwy67WestRx

Follow to Map of the Hwy 67 West prescribed burn project

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). 

2018/2019 Pikes Peak Ranger District Pile Burn Projects

Pike’s Peak Area: Several areas are 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 County Road 25, 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). Several 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 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). 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 719-477-4220 or adisman@fs.fed.us.





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