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Arapaho & Roosevelt National Forests Pile Burning

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2150 Centre Avenue Building E 
Fort Collins, 
80526 
2150 Centre Avenue Building E 
Fort Collins, 
80526 

Incident Contacts

Fire Information
Email: SM.FS.ARPFireInfo@usda.gov
Phone: 970-295-6600

Pile Burning for 2022-2023

Fuels reduction programs involve mechanical or hand thinning projects, removing trees to reduce forest density and improve forest health. While larger logs are removed for use, unmarketable limbs, saplings, and brush are piled up for burning. Hand piles result from crews using chainsaws to thin the forest and then piling the material; machine piles result from using logging equipment and primarily consist of tree limbs left behind after marketable material is removed.

Piles are only ignited when fuels managers are confident that the project can be undertaken safely and successfully. Snow cover, fuel moisture, precipitation, wind, temperature, and available firefighter staffing are all considered before beginning a pile burn.

Smoke, flames, and glowing embers are often visible, and are a normal part of pile burning operations. This can be visible throughout the night. Moisture, namely snow, helps contain the piles and firefighters monitor the area during and after the burn. Monitoring continues until the piles are considered out. Public and firefighter safety is always the number-one priority in burning operations. 

To view all prescribed fire projects across the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests, check out our new interactive map. Zoom into the location you are interested in, click on a prescribed burn unit and learn more about its status.

Prescribed fire smoke may affect your health; for more information see http://www.colorado.gov/pacific/cdphe/wood-smoke-and-health/.

To receive our updates, send an e-mail to visitarp@usda.gov and provide the general area you are interested in (i.e. Boulder, Gilpin, Clear Creek, Grand, Larimer).  
 
Areas on the Sulphur Ranger District (Grand County) with hand and machine piles ready for burning: 

Fair: 10,000 hand piles General Location: East of Tabernash
Snow Mountain: 20 machine piles General Location: West of Snow Mountain Ranch
Little HO:  20 machine piles General Location: 6 miles east of Granby
Upper Fraser: 2,000 hand piles General Location: Southwest of Fraser and Winter Park 
Boham: 30 machine piles General Location: South of Keyser Creek on Keyser Ridge
Bearscat: 10 machine piles General Location: South of Keyser Creek on Keyser Ridge
Simpson: 20 machine piles General Location: North of Keyser Creek along FSR259
Blue Ridge: 10,000 hand piles General Location: South of County Road 55 along Blue Ridge
High Lonesome: 75 hand piles General Location: FSR 129, W of Meadow Creek Reservoir
Big Blue Ridge Machine: 50 machine piles General Location: South of CR55 along the top of Blue Ridge
Blue Ridge Unit 15: 30 hand piles General Location: West of CR 50 at the Horseshoe Trailhead
Kawland Unit 90: 20 machine piles, 400 hand piles General Location: Between Vasquez and East Elk Creeks on FSR 159, West of Winter Park Resort

Areas on the Clear Creek Ranger District (Clear Creek County) with hand piles ready for burning: 

Yankee Hill: 300 machine piles General Location: Near Pickle Gulch and Cold Springs campgrounds on west side of Hwy 119

Areas on the Boulder Ranger District (Gilpin and Boulder Counties) with hand and machine piles ready for burning: 

Lump Gulch 18: 250 hand piles General Location: Gilpin County a half-mile north of Rollinsville on west of Hwy 119 Peak to Peak
Lump Gulch 29, 30: 150 hand piles General Location: Gilpin County west of Lump Gulch Road, 1.5 miles south of Rollinsville on west side of Hwy 119
Lump Gulch 35: 500 hand piles General Location: Gilpin County South Side of Gilpin Rd, 3 miles south of Rollinsville on west of Hwy 119 Peak to Peak
Lump Gulch 35: 150 machine piles General Location: Gilpin County south of Gilpin Road, 3 miles south of Rollinsville on west of Hwy 119
Lump Gulch 38: 500 hand piles General Location: Gilpin County off South Beaver Rd (South Side) mile east of Hwy 119
James Creek RFB Unit 1: 800 hand piles General Location: 1.5 miles northwest of Jamestown, west of CR87
James Creek RFB Units 6, 8: 5,000 hand piles General location: Half mile south of Jamestown or quarter mile east of Bar K Ranch
James Creek Unit RFB Unit 10: 1,500 hand piles General location: 2 miles east of Peak-to-Peak Highway on CR52
James Creek RFB 17: 1,425 hand piles General Location: Half-mile north Cal-Wood Education Center
James Creek Unit M1701: 8,000 hand piles General Location: East of Hwy 72 near Peaceful Valley (completed)
St Vrain 12A, 12B, 12d: 50 piles General Location: In the town of Meeker Park
St Vrain Units 15a, 15b: 6,000 hand piles General Location: 5 miles west of Lyons, north Ralph Price Reservoir (Button Rock)
Forsythe II Units 6, 9, 11, 20, 23, 24 102, 103: 2000 hand piles General Location: 2 miles east of Nederland, north of Magnolia Road, adjacent to FS Trail 606 and near the intersection of Magnolia Road and Lazy Z Road
Forsythe II Units 43, 44, 47, 48, 49, 68, 73: 1,750 piles General Location: 1.5 miles northwest of Wondervu, west of Gross Reservoir (completed)
Forsythe II Units 9, 10: 75 Machine Piles General Location: 2 miles east of Nederland, north of Magnolia Road, adjacent to FS Trail 606 (completed)
Forsythe II Units 26, 27, 28: 75 Machine Piles General Location: 2 miles north of Rollinsville, just north of Shoshone Road
Forsythe II Units 52, 53, 54, 55, 80: 1,500 hand piles General Location: Approximately mile maker 4.5 of Magnolia Road, north and south of Magnolia Road off FSR 321 and 302
Forsythe II Units 48, 49, 73, 74: 1,750 piles General Location: 1.5 miles northwest of Wondervu, west side of Gross Reservoir
Forsythe II Units 29, 30, 31, 61: 1,500 hand piles General Location: 2 miles southwest of Pinecliffe, east of South Beaver Road off Emory Road, La Chula Road, and Wedgewood Drive
Yankee Hill Unit 25: 1,000 hand piles General Location: Intersection of Hwy 119 and Hwy 46, East of Hwy 119, and South of Hwy 46
Yankee Hill Unit 57: 2,000 hand piles General Location: 1 mile north of Gilpin County School, at the end of FS Trail 732
Yankee Hill Units 39, 40, 42, 44: 4,000 hand piles General Location: 2 miles west of Central City, west of the intersection of Bald Mountain Road and FSR 273.2

Areas on the Canyon Lakes Ranger District (Larimer County) with hand and machine piles ready for burning:  

Stub Creek: 7 hand piles General Location: At U.S. Forest Service Stub Creek Work Center and south of Glendevy
Thompson River 4: 10,500 hand piles General Location: 6 miles east of Estes Park
Thompson River 3: 4,200 hand piles General Location: Hwy-36 and Lions Gulch Trailhead, near Estes Park
Thompson River 5: 6,120 hand piles General Location: Hwy 36 and FSR 124 near Estes Park

Cedar Park 1: 10,000 hand piles General Location: Hwy-34 and FSR-128 Storm Mountain Road, near Drake
Cedar Park 2: 3,780 hand piles General Location: FSR 128 and Cedar Park subdivision, near Drake
Cedar Park 3: 22,240 hand piles General Location: FSR299 and Cedar Cove Road at Cedar Park subdivision
Glen Haven 2: 9,660 hand piles General Location: CR 43 and FSR 433, adjacent to Glen Haven
Glen Haven 3: 12,340 hand piles General Location: CR43 and FSR 326 adjacent to Glen Haven
Magic Sky 4: 7,000 hand piles General Location: CR-74E and Red Feather Highlands subdivision, east of Red Feather Lakes
Magic Sky 4 “Elk Units”: 500 hand piles (mostly completed) General Location: CR-86 and FSR-501, near Red Feather Lakes
Elkhorn 3: 5 machine piles General Location: Intersection of CR86 and FSR309
FSR 200: 18 machine piles General Location: FSR-200 and “Old Roach Area”, south of Wycolo, WY (completed)
Estes Valley - Fish Creek: 150 hand piles General Location: FSR119 near Little Valley subdivision, south of Estes Park, CO (completed)
EstesValley – Pinewood Unit 39: 12 hand piles General Location: Hwy 36 and Eagle Drive at Pinewood Springs Subdivision
Cameron Peak North: 300 machine piles General Location: Broadly scatter across land west of Red Feather Lakes (see map of project), bound by FSR 517 to the south, CR 74E to the east, Panhandle Creek drainage to north, FSR 319 (Greenridge Rd) and FSR 336 (Sand Creek Pass) to the west
Cameron Peak (Glen Haven): 3 machine piles, 30 hand piles General Location: (see map of project) Situated north of Glen Haven and west of Drake along County Road 51B (Dunraven Glade Road)
Panhandle 2: 21 machine piles General Location: Northwest of Red Feather Lakes at FSR 336 and FSR 212 (completed)

 

Basic Information
Current as of Fri, 02/03/2023 - 14:53
Incident Type Prescribed Fire
Incident Commander Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests
Coordinates 40° 33' 32'' Latitude
-105° 5'
10
'' Longitude
Current Situation
Percent of Perimeter Contained 0%
Fuels Involved

Piled Fuels

Outlook
Projected Incident Activity

Pile burning ongoing as conditions allow