Pile Burning planned near Peaceful Valley and Rollinsville

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Tuesday, January 3rd, 2022, 11:29am

BOULDER, Colo. – Firefighters plan to burn slash piles from multiple fuels reduction and hazardous tree removal projects on the Boulder Ranger District next week, as early as Tuesday, January 3, 2023, as conditions allow. Burning of these piles could take place throughout the upcoming snowy, winter months.

Piles are only ignited under certain conditions, including favorable smoke dispersal and adequate snow cover. These conditions direct firefighters on where within project areas burning can occur due to the localized nature of conditions. Smoke, flames, and glowing embers are often visible, and are a normal part of pile burning operations. This can be visible throughout the night. Moisture, namely snow, helps contain the piles and firefighters monitor the area during and after the burn. Monitoring continues until the piles are considered out. Public and firefighter safety is always the number one priority in burning operations.

Areas that could be burned next week as conditions allow include:

  • James Creek Unit M1701: 8,000 hand piles General Location: East of Hwy 72 near Peaceful Valley
  • Lump Gulch 18: 250 hand piles General Location: Gilpin County a half-mile north of Rollinsville on west of Hwy 119 Peak to Peak
  • Lump Gulch 29, 30: 150 hand piles General Location: Gilpin County west of Lump Gulch Road, 1.5 miles south of Rollinsville on west side of Hwy 119
  • Lump Gulch 35: 150 machine piles General Location: Gilpin County south of Gilpin Road, 3 miles south of Rollinsville on west of Hwy 119
  • Forsythe II Units 26, 27, 28: 75 Machine Piles General Location: 2 miles north of Rollinsville, just north of Shoshone Road
  • Forsythe II Units 9, 10: 75 Machine Piles General Location: 2 miles east of Nederland, north of Magnolia Road, adjacent to FS Trail 606
  • Forsythe II Units 6, 9, 11, 102, 103: 2000 hand piles General Location: 2 miles east of Nederland, north of Magnolia Road, adjacent to FS Trail 606 and near the intersection of Magnolia Road and Lazy Z Road

If you would like to receive regular updates about burning in your area and are not already on our email list, please contact Christopher Green at christopher.green2@usda.gov to get added to the district’s email contact list. Information for all pile burning this winter is posted online at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident-information/coarf-arapaho-roosevelt-national-forests-pile-burning. Prescribed fire smoke may affect your health. For more information see https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/cdphe/wood-smoke-and-health.