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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 Building E
Fort Collins, CO 80526

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Phone: 970-295-6770

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July 12 Update: Firefighters successfully burned 200 acres of the Red Feather Prescribed Burn on July 11, 2019. Firefighters are mopping up hot spots July 12 with no new ignitions taking place. Firefighters will patrol the burn over the next few days and plan to evaluate conditions for additional burning next week.

Canyon Lake Ranger District fire and fuel managers are monitoring conditions in the Roosevelt National Forest to return to operations on the Red Feather Prescribed Burn as soon as Thursday, June 27. If conditions allow, burning could continue throughout the weekend and into next week.

This prescribed burn is located north of Red Feather Lakes, Colo., east of the Crystal Lakes Subdivision at 8,500 feet elevation. A great deal of work has already taken place on this burn and provides a treated line or previously burned ground around much of the perimeter.

Firefighters plan to burn approximately 300 acres of unburned ground, as well as reenter some areas that were burned previously. In some of those previously burned areas, the burn was conducted when there was higher fuel moisture and snow. This reentry will allow firefighters to target fuel that did not burn the first time but needs to be burned to meet the intent of the project. There is approximately 2,200 acres that could be burned again over the next few months as conditions allow.

Appropriate conditions must be met before burning can take place. Fire managers are carefully monitoring these conditions, including a favorable weather forecast (temperature, wind, precipitation, etc.), fuel moisture, smoke dispersal and necessary staffing. This area has received rain and snow in recent weeks.

Weather is monitored throughout the burn and burning will be halted if conditions fall outside of the required conditions. Public and firefighter safety is always the number one priority in burning operations. In ideal conditions, approximately 500 acres could be burned in one day.

To check the latest updates on when burning could 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 Prescribed fire smoke may affect your health. For more information see

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 previously taken place in 2017 and 2018.