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Slash Pile Burning 2018

Unit Information

Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests and Pawnee National Grassland
U.S. Forest Service
2150 Centre Avenue Bldg. E
Fort Collins, CO 80526

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Incident Contacts

Reid Armstrong
Email: krarmstrong@fs.fed.us
Phone: 303-541-2532

Reghan Cloudman
Email: rcloudman@fs.fed.us
Phone: 970-295-6770

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As winter conditions settle in across Colorado's Northern Front Range, the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests will work to burn slash piles resulting from fuels reduction and hazardous tree removal projects across the area.

Hand piles are a result of using chainsaws to thin the forest. Much of the smaller cut material is piled for burning. Machine piles are the result of using logging equipment and consist of primarily the limbs of trees as most of the logs have already been removed. Piles must be burned before the treatment 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.

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.

Prescribed fire smoke may affect your health. For more information see www.colorado.gov/pacific/cdphe/wood-smoke-and-health. To check the latest updates on when burning will occur, follow us on Twitter and Facebook @usfsarp. To get added to our email notification list, send an email to krarmstrong@fs.fed.us and ask to be added to the Sulphur, Clear Creek or Boulder pile burning lists; or email rcloudman@fs.fed.us and ask to be added to the Canyon Lakes pile burning list.

Areas on the Sulphur Ranger District (Grand County) with hand and machine piles ready for burning:

Winter Park Fuels/Upper Fraser: 2,500 hand piles; Potential smoke impacts Town of Winter Park, St. Louis Creek, Vasquez Creek Rd and Vasquez Creek area subdivisions, Elk Creek Road, Town of Fraser and Hwy 40 corridor general area; General Location: South and West of Winter Park, Southwest of Fraser.

Keyser Creek Fuels: 250 machine piles; Potential smoke impacts: County Road 3, Church Park, and Forest Service roads 139, 140, 137, and 259. General location: north and south of Keyser Creek

Jericho RD Fuels: 700 hand piles; Potential smoke impacts: Jericho Rd; General Location: Northwest of Kamloop Cove of Lake Granby or Granby Dam.

Trail Creek Fuels South: 450 hand piles Potential smoke impacts: Chief Trail, Bussey Hill, Biscuit Row, Kessel Terrace, Panorama Ln, Peaks Point; General Location: South of Rainbow Bay of Lake Granby

Trail Creek Fuels North: Approx. 5000 hand piles; Potential smoke impacts: County Rd 41, 42, 412, 413, 414, 415, Grouse Rd; General location: 2.5 miles Northwest of Fish Bay of Granby Lake.

ANRA/ Supply Creek Fuels/ Kawuneeche Road South: 20 machine piles and 3,000 hand piles; Potential smoke impacts: County Rd 4, Kawuneeche Rd, 454 Rd, Meredith Manor, Areas west of Shadow Mtn Lake, Columbine Lake and Grand Lake; General Location: 1.5 miles west of Trail Ridge Marina of shadow Mtn Lake.

ANRA/Supply Creek Fuels/ Kawuneeche Road North: 20 machine piles and 1,000 hand pile; Potential smoke impacts: Kawuneeche Rd, Meredith Manor, Winding River Ranch, Sun Valley Ranch, Onahu Lodge, Areas North and West of Shadow Mtn Lake, Columbine Lake and Grand Lake; General Location: 1.5 miles Northwest of Columbine Lake, Supply Creek Trailhead area.

Willow Creek Fuels East: 500 hand piles; Potential impacts: Highway 125 or Willow Creek drainage General Location: .25 east of Highway 125, Forest Road 121, Kauffman Creek area

Pass Creek: 175 machine piles Potential smoke impacts:: Elk Creek, Bronco Creek, Kauffman Creek and Denver Creek drainages. Vagabond Ranch, Highway 125; General Location: West side of Highway 125. East of Highway 125 and West of Gravel and Little Gravel Mountains, along Forest Service roads 121, 123, and 190.

Tabernash: 37 machine piles: Potential smoke impacts: Town of Tabernash, County Roads 84 and 841, Forest Service Road 128; General Location: 2 miles northeast of Tabernash

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

Mad Creek/Blue Creek: 100 acres of hand piles or approx. 3,000 individual piles; Potential smoke impacts: Empire, Dumont, Downieville, Lawson; General Location: Immediately NW of the Town of Empire and along Highway 40 corridor.

Evergreen: 8 acres of hand piles or approx. 200 piles; Potential smoke impacts: Evergreen; General location: Cub Creek trail and Highway 78 .5 mile west/southwest.

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

Lump Gulch 8: 12 acres of hand piles or approximately 200 individual piles; Potential smoke impacts: Coal Creek Canyon or Highway 72, possibly Pinecliffe; General Location: Nederland High School, Big Springs subdivision.

Lump Gulch 18: 25 acres of hand piles or approximately 2000 individual piles; Potential smoke impacts: Hwy 119 Peak to Peak Hwy, Rollinsville, Shoshoni Yoga Retreat, Nederland . General Location: Gilpin County ½ mile North of Rollinsville on Westside of Hwy 119 Peak to Peak.

Lump Gulch 35: 12 acres of hand piles or approximately 500 individual piles; Potential smoke impacts: Hwy 119 Peak to Peak, Rollinsville, Snowline lake Area . General Location: Gilpin County South Side of Gilpin Rd, 3 miles South of Rollinsville on Westside of Hwy 119 Peak to Peak.

Lump Gulch 38: 25 acres of hand piles or approximately 2000 individual piles; Potential smoke impacts: Mountain Meadows Subdivision, Nederland, to Peak Peak Hwy 119, Rollinsville and Pinecliffe .General Location: Gilpin County off South Beaver Rd (South Side) mile East of Hwy 119

Sugarloaf Unit 4: 19 acres of hand piles or approx. 475 piles; Potential smoke impacts: Gold Hill; General location: 1.75 miles west of Gold Hill. 5 miles off Peak to Peak Highway on County Road 52.

James Creek RFB Unit 1: 32 acres of hand piles or approx. 800 piles;Potential smoke impacts: Jamestown Bar- K; General location: 1.5 Northwest of Jamestown, west of County Road 87.

James Creek RFB Units 6, 7, 8: 300 acres of hand piles or approx. 7,500 piles; Potential smoke impacts: Jamestown, Bar K Ranch; General location: Half mile south of Jamestown or quarter mile East of Bar K Ranch.

James Creek Unit RFB Unit 10 130 acres of hand piles or approx. 3,250 piles; Potential smoke impacts: Lefthand Canyon and Gold Hill; General location: 2 miles east of Peak to Peak Highway on Highway 52.

James Creek RFB Units 12, 13, 5, 3: 500 of Hand piles or approx. 10000 piles Potential smoke impacts: Ward, Bar K subdivision Gold Lake, Jamestown Gold Hill, Rowena Boulder Heights Subdivision; General location: 1 Mile East of Gold lake and 5 miles west of Hwy 36 in Lefthand Canyon.

James Creek RFB 17 57 acres of hand piles or approx. 1425 piles; Potential smoke impacts: Highway 7; General location: Half-mile north Cal-Wood Ranch.

James Creek Units M0501 M0503 150 acres of hand piles or approx. 4,500 piles; Potential smoke impacts: Ward, Bar K subdivision, Gold Lake, Jamestown Gold Hill, Rowena; General location: Gold Lake Rd 1 East of Peak to Peak Hwy. [30 acres remaining]

James Creek Units M0502, M3202, H3101: 200 acres of hand piles or approx. 4,000 piles;Potential smoke impacts: Ward, Bar K subdivision Gold Lake, Jamestown Gold Hill, Rowena; General location: Peak to Peak Hwy 1 mile North of Ward Gold Lake and County Rd 100 and 103. [50 acres remaining]

James Creek Unit M0801: 150 acres of hand piles or approx. 2,000 piles;Potential smoke impacts: Peaceful Valley, Raymond, Riverside, Allenspark, Bar K Subdivision; General location: Quarter mile west of Raymond.

James Creek Unit M1602:50 acres of hand and machine or approx. 100 individual piles; Potential smoke impacts: Lefthand Canyon and Gold Hill; General location: 3 miles east of Peak to Peak Highway on Highway 52.

James Creek Unit H1501 M1603 M401 M1603: 500 acres of hand piles or approx. 5,000 piles; Potential smoke impacts: Sky View Estates, Glacier View , Bar K subdivision Gold Lake, Jamestown; General location: 2 miles east of Peak to Peak on Overland Rd.

James Creek Units M3401, M3501, M3502: 300 acres hand and machine 500 hands piles 100 machine piles; Potential smoke impacts: Ward, Bar K subdivision, Gold Lake, Jamestown, Gold Hill, Rowena; General location: 1 Mile East of Gold Lake.

James Creek Units H3401; H3402: 55 acres of hand piles or approx. 450 hand piles and machine piles; Potential smoke impacts: Boulder Heights Subdivision; General location: Boulder Heights Subdivision, East of Peak View Road and Peak View Circle

Gill 37 acres of hand piles or approx. 925 piles;Potential smoke impacts: Jamestown; General location: Quarter mile south of Jamestown.

St Vrain Units 13d, 14a, 14c 456 acres of hand piles or approx. 11,400 piles; Potential smoke impacts: Big Elk Subdivision; General location: Johnny Park Road or 82E, 1 mile west of Big Elk Subdivision.

St Vrain 12A 12B 12d 200 acres of hand piles or approx. 6,000 piles Potential smoke impacts: Allenspark Park, County Rd 82 Area Meeker Park; General Location: In the town of Meeker Park

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

Magic Sky: 22 hand piles; General Location: 4 1/2 miles southeast of Red Feather Lakes on south side of County Road 74E

Crown Point: 12 machine piles (completed); General Location: south of Rustic off Forest Road 139 near Salt Cabin Park

Pearl Cache: 9 machine piles; General Location: 7 miles west/southwest of Fred Feather Lakes along Forest Road 173

Stub Creek: 2 machine piles; General Location: Stub Creek Work Center near Glendevey

Elkhorn Broadcast Prep: 2 machine piles; General Location: northwest of Rustic

Swampou: 66 machine piles; General Location: Red Feather Lakes area south of Bald Mountain Trailhead

Red Feather 4: 81 machine piles; General Location: Red Feather Lakes area east and southeast of Molly Lake Trailhead

Red Feather 4: 7,680 hand piles; General Location: Red Feather Lakes area northwest of Goodell Corner

Elkhorn 1: 46 machine piles; General Location: Near Bellaire Lake Campground

Glen Haven 1: 3,760 hand piles; General Location: North of Glen Haven near North Fork Trailhead

Thompson River 4: 16,120 hand piles; General Location: 6 miles east of Estes Park

Elkhorn: 4,900 hand piles; General Location: southwest of Red Feather Lakes north of Bellaire Lake Campground

Red Feather 3: 21,780 hand piles; General Location: east of Red Feather Lakes northeast of Dowdy Lake Campground

Magic Sky: 22 hand piles; General Location: Red Feather Lakes near Lady Moon and Sundance Ranch


Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypePrescribed Fire
Incident CommanderArapaho and Roosevelt National Forests
Coordinates40.559 latitude, -105.086 longitude

Current Situation

Fuels Involved

Piled Fuels

Outlook

Projected Incident Activity

Pile burning ongoing as conditions allow