Pike National Forest Prepares for Winter Prescribed Burning in Park County

Release Date: Dec 5, 2017  

Contact(s): Mike Hessler


Pike National Forest Prepares for Winter Prescribed Burning in Park County

FAIRPLAY, Colo., December 5, 2017 The Pike National Forest-South Park District is preparing for prescribed burning of slash piles in Park County. This may include up to 343 acres of slash pile burning, which involves the ignition of piles within prepared units with a sufficient amount of snow present to prevent fire spread. The projects are southwest of Lake George adjacent to the Echo Valley and Beaver Valley subdivisions, west of Lake George off of Park County 92, and northwest of Lake George in the Round Mountain area.

Burning may begin as soon as early December and last through the early spring. Ignition will take place when weather and fuel conditions are such that the fire behavior will be within the burn plan limitations and substantial smoke impacts are unlikely to surrounding communities. If burning does take place, it may continue for extended periods. Expect smoke to be visible from roads near the units and other areas during actual burning days. Smoke may linger in the air for several days after ignition is completed.

The slash piles are comprised primarily of tops and limbs of conifers. Piling and burning is designed to remove slash from thinning operations.

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Prescribed fire smoke may affect your health. For more information, please visit: https://www.colorado.gov/cdphe/wood-smoke-and-health.

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