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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 Meadow Creek and Elk Creek

Arapaho & Roosevelt National Forests Pile Burning
Announcement - 12/05/2022

GRANBY, Colo. (Dec. 5, 2022) – Firefighters plan to burn slash piles from multiple fuels reduction and hazardous tree removal projects on the Sulphur Ranger District starting today and continuing throughout the week 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 over the following week as conditions allow include:

  • High Lonesome: 75 hand piles General Location: FSR 129, W of Meadow Creek Reservoir
  • 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

Typically crews are permitted to burn as many as 250 to 1,000 smaller hand piles a day at each location if conditions are met, which includes a minimum of three inches of snow cover, and one to 40 larger machine piles could be burned a day with a minimum of six inches of snow.

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