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Bighorn Sheep Prescribed Burn

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

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Fire managers on the Canyon Lakes Ranger District of the Roosevelt National Forest are monitoring conditions in the Poudre Canyon to conduct prescribed fire operations at the Bighorn Sheep Prescribed Burn. For burning to take place, additional snow accumulation would need to occur this spring.

  • Bighorn Sheep Prescribed Burn: Located on the north side of the Poudre Canyon near the Roaring Creek Trailhead, approximately eight miles west of Rustic.
    • The project is 636 acres, with 85% of these acres on National Forest System lands and the other 15% on Colorado Parks and Wildlife lands.
    • It is anticipated a minimum of 15 firefighters will staff this burn.

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 on either of these burns. 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
LocationApproximately 8 miles west of Rustic, Colo.
Incident CommanderUSDA Forest Service & Colorado Parks and Wildlife
Coordinates40.718 latitude, -105.731 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel15
Size636 Acres

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