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Arapaho & Roosevelt National Forests Pile Burning

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

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Pile Burning planned near Drake, Glenhaven

Arapaho & Roosevelt National Forests Pile Burning
Announcement - 12/30/2022

FORT COLLINS, Colo. (Dec. 30, 2022) – Firefighters plan to burn slash piles from multiple fuels reduction and hazardous tree removal projects on the Canyon Lakes Ranger District starting next week, as early as Tuesday, January 3, 2023, as conditions allow. Burning of these piles could take place throughout the upcoming snowy, winter months.

Piles are only ignited under certain conditions, including favorable smoke dispersal and adequate snow cover. These conditions direct firefighters on where within project areas burning can occur due to the localized nature of conditions. 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.

Areas that could be burned next week as conditions allow include:

  • 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
  • Thompson River 5: 6,120 hand piles General Location: Hwy 36 and FSR 124 near Estes Park
  • 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

If you would like to receive regular updates about burning in your area and are not already on our email list, please contact Christopher Green at to get added to the district’s email contact list. Information for all pile burning this winter is posted online at Prescribed fire smoke may affect your health. For more information see