Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests and Pawnee National Grassland
U.S. Forest Service
2150 Centre Avenue Building E
Fort Collins, CO 80526
FORT COLLINS, Colo. – Firefighters on the Canyon Lakes Ranger District of the Roosevelt National Forest are monitoring conditions to begin prescribed fire operations on the Magic Feather Prescribed Burn this spring to improve forest health. The wildfires of 2020 are a somber reminder of the importance of proactive fuels management and forest restoration.
This burn is located east and southeast of Red Feather Lakes. Burning operations this spring could include two units totaling 1,046 acres, located north of County Road 74E. Work has already taken place in the area to prepare for ignitions, including tree cutting around the perimeter. Aerial operations, including a drone, could be used during implementation.
Appropriate conditions must be met before ignition of prescribed burns can take place. Fire managers are carefully monitoring these conditions, including favorable weather forecast (temperature, wind, precipitation), 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. Currently, snow will need to melt and fine fuels will need to dry some before burning could begin.
Residents and visitors in the area should expect to see smoke when operations are taking place. Temporary closures of the Mount Margaret Trail should be expected. Smoke may also impact those using the Dowdy Lake and West Lake campgrounds and day-use areas.
For those interested in hearing more about this project, a virtual public meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m. on May 20, 2021, with fire managers providing an overview of the project and time to answer questions.
To get added to the email notification list for when burning begins in this area, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “Magic Feather.” Additional information may be found on InciWeb at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6403/. Prescribed fire smoke may affect your health. More information about smoke impacts is available at https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/cdphe/wood-smoke-and-health.