South Platte Ranger District Plans Prescribed Burning for Areas in Douglas and Jefferson Counties

Release Date: Oct 15, 2021

CONIFER, Colo., October 15, 2021— As part of the ongoing hazardous fuels reduction project, the South Platte Ranger District will conduct prescribed burns in the Noddles project area of Douglas County and the Sand Springs area in Jefferson County, beginning in mid-October and continuing through December 2021, conditions permitting.

The Sand Springs project area in Jefferson County is located at the junction of County Road 126 and Forest Service Road 550. The Noddles project area in Douglas County is located along County Road 67, near the community of Sprucewood, Colorado. For both firefighter and public safety, forest visitors can expect recurring closures to affected areas during fire and monitoring operations. 

“The use of prescribed fire is an important part of forest management and this project will efficiently reduce hazardous fuels as well as improve the overall health of the forest,” said South Platte District Ranger Brian Banks. “It is important that we conduct these fuels reduction projects when conditions are conducive in order to enhance public and firefighter safety.”

To facilitate burning, each of the selected areas have been prepared in advance to ensure safe fire operations. These prescribed burns will help reduce the heavy fuel loading that poses a safety threat to the recreating public and firefighters suppressing wildfires in the area. 

Ignitions will occur only when weather and fuel conditions meet established prescriptions and when smoke impacts can be managed within established requirements.  Ignition and burning operations may continue for several days depending on the size of area being burned. 

Smoke is a natural byproduct of fire and some amounts are unavoidable. However, fire managers and prescribed fire specialists look carefully at the proximity of communities and determine the least amount of smoke impact to the public during prescribed burning. Expect smoke to be visible from Conifer, Colorado, as well as areas along the Front Range, including Denver. Smoke may also linger over the burn areas for a few days following initial ignitions. For more information on smoke, please visit:

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