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Blue Creek 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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Following a successful test fire on the morning of Nov. 19, firefighters are continuing with ignitions. Expect to see smoke in the area over the following days.

Firefighters are closely monitoring conditions to begin ignitions as soon as next week following snow melt on the Blue Creek Prescribed Burn. Fire managers will treat up to 270 acres in Blue Creek near Empire.

Public and firefighter safety will be the number one priority in deciding when to burn, and the project will be implemented in close coordination with the Clear Creek Fire Authority and Clear Creek County Sheriff’s Office.

The Blue Creek project primarily aims to improve bighorn sheep habitat in the Georgetown herd’s migratory range by maintaining open areas that the sheep need for safety, communication and forage. In addition, the prescribed burn will reduce the buildup of flammable vegetation that spreads wildfire, removing ground cover and undergrowth while encouraging aspen regeneration. Prescribed fire will help make the watershed more resilient to wildfire in the future, helping protect the town’s water supplies.

The Blue Creek Prescribed Burn is the result of a partnership between the U.S. Forest Service, Colorado Parks and Wildlife and Clear Creek County. This project will complement the adjacent Mad Creek project that also involved thinning and prescribed burning for wildlife habitat improvement.

Prescribed fire smoke may affect your health. For more information see

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypePrescribed Fire
Locationnear Empire, Colo.
Incident CommanderUSDA Forest Service
Coordinates39.768 latitude, -105.695 longitude

Current Situation

Size270 Acres

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