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Red Feather Prescribed Burn

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

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Firefighters have had great success implementing the Red Feather Prescribed Burn this March, with approximately 1,700 acres burned with the help of many partners. Snow covered the ground March 16, 2018. Additional burning will need to take place before this project is completed.

  • Red Feather Prescribed Burn: Located north of Red Feather Lakes; east of the Crystal Lakes Subdivision.
    • March 2018: Approximately 1,700 acres burned
    • Last spring 1,513 acres of the total 4,348-acre project was successfully burned.
    • The two burn units targeted are 707 acres and 2,027 acres.
    • Continuing the spring, we will be looking to burn the north facing slopes now that south facing slopes have been burned, significantly reducing the fire spread potential, along with blacklining.

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.

The goal of the burns is to reduce hazardous fuels and improve wildlife habitat. Work has already taken place within this project areas to help ensure the burn stays within its identified perimeter.

The Forest Service notifies local cooperators about these activities before and throughout implementation, as well as the interested public. 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
LocationNorth of Red Feather Lakes; east of Crystal Lakes
Incident CommanderCanyon Lakes Ranger District
Incident DescriptionPrescribed Burn To Reduce Hazardous Fuels And Improve Forest Health.
Coordinates40.852 latitude, -105.576 longitude

Current Situation

Size4,348 Acres



Burning has taken place in fall 2017 and spring 2018.

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