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Slash Pile Burning 2021

Unit Information

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

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Incident Contacts

Reid Armstrong
Email: katherine.armstrong@usda.gov
Phone: 970-222-7607

Reghan Cloudman
Email: reghan.cloudman@usda.gov
Phone: 970-295-6770

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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 sawn 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. Piles which 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 a normal part of pile burning operations. Snow helps contain the piles and firefighters monitor the area during and after the burn. Public and firefighter safety is always the number-one priority in burning operations. 

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

To get the latest updates on when and where burning will occur, follow us on Twitter and Facebook @usfsarp. To receive our updates, send an e-mail to katherine.armstrong@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: 

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
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
St Louis Creek: 7 machine piles General Location: Fraser experimental Forest Rd 160 and 164
High Lonesome: 75 hand piles General Location: FSR 129, W of Meadow Creek Reservoir
Blue Ridge Machine: 30 machine piles General Location: South of CR55 along the top of Blue Ridge
Winter Park Fuels: 500 hand piles General Location: South of County Road 50 and north of the Fraser Experimental Forest
Blue Ridge Unit 15: 30 hand piles General Location: West of CR 50 at the Horseshoe Trailhead
Kawland 88: 10 machine piles General Location: Between Vasquez and East Elk Creeks on FSR 159   
 

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 Highway 119 
 

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

Lump Gulch 18: 1,500 hand piles General Location: Gilpin County a half-mile north of Rollinsville on Westside of Hwy 119 Peak to Peak
Lump Gulch 29, 30: 150 hand piles General Location: Gilpin County west side of Lump Gulch Road, 1.5 miles south of Rollinsville on west side of Highway 119
Lump Gulch 35: 500 hand piles General Location: Gilpin County South Side of Gilpin Rd, 3 miles south of Rollinsville on west ide of Hwy 119 Peak to Peak
Lump Gulch 35: 150 machine piles General Location: Gilpin County south side of Gilpin Road, 3 miles south of Rollinsville on west side of Highway 119
Lump Gulch 38: 500 hand piles General Location: Gilpin County off South Beaver Rd (South Side) mile east of Highway 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
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 side of Ralph Price Reservoir (Button Rock)
Forsythe II Units 38, 45: 500 hand piles General Location:1.5 miles northwest of Wondervu, west side of Gross Reservoir

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 the 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, CO
Cedar Park 1: 10,000 hand piles General Location: Hwy-34 and FSR-128 Storm Mountain Road, near Drake, CO
Cedar Park 2: 3,780 hand piles General Location: FSR 128 and Cedar Park subdivision, near Drake, CO
Magic Sky 4: 7,000 hand piles General Location: CR-74E and Red Feather Highlands subdivision, east of Red Feather Lakes, CO
Magic Sky 4 “Elk Units”: 500 hand piles (mostly completed) General Location: CR-86 and FSR-501, near Red Feather Lakes, CO
Elkhorn 3: 5 machine piles General Location: Intersection of CR86 and FSR309
Deadman Roadside: 42 machine piles General Location: Along the CR86 and FSR 260 corridors, west of Red Feather Lakes, CO
FSR200 “Roadside”: 18 machine piles General Location: FSR-200 and “Old Roach Area”, south of Wycolo, WY
TSI-200: 400 hand piles General Location: Intersection of CR80C and CR169 (Pearl Beaver Road)
Estes Valley - Fish Creek: 150 hand piles General Location: FSR119 near Little Valley subdivision, south of Estes Park, CO
 

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