Pile burning near Ward and Gold Hill

Posted on: December 2nd, 2017

Pile burning could begin near Ward and Gold Hill on Monday

BOULDER, Colo – (Dec. 2, 2017) If conditions allow, U.S. Forest Service firefighters may begin slash pile burning near Ward and Gold Hill Monday, including the following areas:

  • Gold Lake Road: 1 mile north of Ward on County Roads 100 and 103 
  • Gold Hill: 1 mile west of Gold Hill and 3 miles east of Colo. Highway 119 on County Road 52

Conditions are evaluated each day to determine if ignition will take place. Precipitation, wind, temperature, fuel moisture and staffing all play a part in when and whether ignition occurs.

Ignitions are generally expected to begin after 10 a.m. and will cease several hours before sunset. Firefighters monitor the area after burning is complete. Public and firefighter safety is always the number one priority in burning operations.

Wind helps disperse smoke created during pile burning operations and snow helps keep the piles contained. Seeing flames and smoke, even after dark, is part of normal operations. This is one way that we can help reduce the buildup of fuels on the landscape under the safest conditions.

 If you know anyone else who would like to receive updates on pile burning activities in the Boulder Ranger District area, have them email krarmstrong@fs.fed.us and ask to be added to our email updates. To unsubscribe, please reply with UNSUBSCRIBE in the subject line.

A complete list of areas where pile burning could occur on the Boulder Ranger District this season is located at: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4648/




K. “Reid” Armstrong
Public Affairs Specialist
Forest Service

Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests
Pawnee National Grassland

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