Prescribed Fire Pile Burning 2017/2018

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Prescribed Fire Pile Burning 2017/2018

INCIDENT UPDATED 10/3/2017

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Completing the final acres of Mad Creek project behind the town of Empire

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Winter conditions mark the start of pile burning season


As winter conditions settle in, the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests will work to burn slash piles resulting from fuels reductions and hazardous tree removal projects in the area.

Hand piles are a result of crews 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.

Last season, the Forests accomplished burning some 9,470 individual piles, of which some 627 were large, machine built piles accounting for many acres of hazardous fuels treatment.

This season’s pile burning could begin next week and will continue through the spring, as conditions allow. Piles are only ignited under favorable weather conditions. Adequate snow cover, precipitation, wind, temperature, fuel moisture and staffing all play a part in when and whether ignition occurs. Piles that are ready for burning are prioritized based on elevation, aspect, access, and proximity to homes.

Smoke, flames and glowing embers are often visible and are part of normal operations. Snow helps contain the piles and firefighters monitor the area after burning is complete. Public and firefighter safety is always the number one priority in burning operations.

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:

Arrow Fuels: 2,500 hand piles and 15 machine piles; Potential impacts: Arrow Tunnel area, Corona Pass Rd. Lakota Trail Area, Winter Park Resort; General Location: East/Southeast of the Town of Winter Park. North/NE of Winter Park Resort and Lakota Subdivision.

Winter Park Fuels/Upper Fraser: 2,500 hand piles and 162 machine piles; Potential 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 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 impacts: Jericho Rd; General Location: Northwest of Kamloop Cove of Lake Granby or Granby Dam.

Trail Creek Fuels South: 450 hand piles Potential 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. 5200 hand piles; Potential 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/ Kauwuneeche Road South: 60 machine piles and 3,000 hand piles; Potential impacts: County Rd 4, Kauwuneeche 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/ Kauwuneeche Road North 45 machine piles and 1,000 hand pile; Potential impacts: Kauwuneeche 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 2,300 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 308 machine piles; Potential impacts: Elk Creek, Bronco Creek, Kauffman Creek and Denver Creek drainages. Vagabond Ranch; General Location: East of Highway 125 and West of Gravel and Little Gravel Mountains, along Forest Service roads 121, 123, and 190.

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

Mad Creek: 123 acres of hand piles or approx. 3,080 individual piles; Potential impacts: Empire, Dumont, Downieville, Lawson; General Location: Immediately NW of the Town of Empire and along Highway 40 corridor.

Blue Creek 100 Acres of hand piles or approx. 3500 individual piles; Potential 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 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: 12 acres of hand piles or approximately 200 individual piles; Potential Impacts: Smoke impacts to Coal Creek Canyon or Highway 72, possibly Pinecliffe; General Location: Nederland High School, Big Springs subdivision.

Sugarloaf Units 156 151; 12 acres of hand piles or approx. 150 piles; Potential Impacts: Ridge Road, Boulder Canyon Road, St Anton Subdivision General location: 1 mile East of Peak to Peak Hwy 534 Ridge Rd Nederland Work Center.

Sugarloaf Unit 4; 19 acres of hand piles or approx. 475 piles; Potential 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 Units 6, 7, 8 300 acres of hand piles or approx. 7,500 piles; Potential Impacts: Jamestown, Bar K Ranch; General location: Half mile south of Jamestown or quarter mile East of Bar K Ranch.

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

RFB Units 12, 13, 5, 3 500 of Hand piles or approx. 10000 piles Potential 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 Impacts: Highway 7; General location: Half-mile north Cal-Wood Ranch.

James Creek Units M0502, M3202, H3101 200 acres of hand piles or approx. 4,000 piles; Potential 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.

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

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

James Creek Units M1602 M1601 100 Acres of hand and machine or approx. 300 individual piles; Potential Impacts: Lefthand Canyon and Gold Hill; General location: 3 miles east of Peak to Peak Highway on Highway 52.

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

James Creek Unit H1501 36 acres of hand piles or approx. 800 piles; Potential Impacts: 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 Unit RFB10 130 acres of hand piles or approx. 3,250 piles; Potential Impacts: Lefthand Canyon and Gold Hill; General location: 2 miles east of Peak to Peak Highway on Highway 52.

James Creek Units H3401; H3402: 55 acres of hand piles or approx. 450 hand piles and machine piles; Potential 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 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 Impacts: Big Elk Subdivision; General location: Johnny Park Road or 82E, 1 mile west of Big Elk Subdivision.


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