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Elkhorn-Pingree Hill Prescribed Burns

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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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Map showing the outline of the prescribed burn units within the Poudre Canyon.Image options: [ Full Size ]

Since ignitions began last week on the Elkhorn portion of the Elkhorn-Pingree Hill Prescribed Burn in the Poudre Canyon, 450 acres have burned. Firefighters are staffing the burn today and the area received precipitation yesterday. No ignitions are planned today and there is minimal smoke visible. Firefighters will continue to monitor the burn and watch conditions for the next available burn window. This will be the last update unless conditions change until ignitions can resume.

The Elkhorn - Pingree Hill Prescribed Burn is located in the Poudre Canyon. Firefighters burned portions of Pingree Hill in 2014, 2016, 2017 and 2018. No burning has taken place yet on Elkhorn.

The Pingree Hill Prescribed Burn is located northeast of Rustic at the intersection of Highway 14 and Pingree Hill road, south of Kelly Flats Road and is 1,913 acres. The Elkhorn Prescribed Burn is located approximately two miles northwest of Rustic, south of Sevenmile Road, above the Arrowhead Visitor Center and is 2,191 acres.

Appropriate conditions must be met before ignition of prescribed burns can take place. Fire managers are carefully monitoring these conditions, including a favorable weather forecast (temperature, wind, precipitation, etc.), fuel moisture, smoke dispersal and staffing. Weather is monitored throughout the burn and burning will be halted if conditions fall outside of the required conditions.

In ideal conditions, as many as 500 acres could be burned in one day. The goal of the burn is to reduce hazardous fuels and improve wildlife habitat. Work has already taken place within this project area to help ensure the burn stays within its identified perimeter.

Prescribed fire smoke may affect your health. For more information see To check the latest updates on when this burn will occur, check our recorded incident information line at 970-498-1030 or follow us on Twitter @usfsclrd. To get added to the email notification list, send an email to

If you have specific questions related to this prescribed burn, please contact Reghan Cloudman at 970-295-6770.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypePrescribed Fire
LocationPoudre Canyon, north of Highway 14 on either side of Rustic
Incident CommanderCanyon Lakes Ranger District
Incident DescriptionPrescribed Burn To Reduce Hazardous Fuels And Improve Forest Health And Wildlife Habitat.
Coordinates40.716 latitude, -105.635 longitude

Current Situation

Size4,104 Acres

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