The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Front Range Fire and Aviation Management Unit is preparing to conduct pile burns in 10 locations this fall and winter. Pile burns will start on Oct. 30 and will occur through March 2020, depending on favorable weather and fuel moisture conditions.
The BLM’s objective of the pile burns is to remove the slash left behind from timber harvests and previous fuels-thinning treatments. These timber harvests and fuels treatments remove beetle-killed timber and other fuels, reducing the risk of future catastrophic wildfire. Fuels treatments also help create various stages of plant succession, which is critical to the health of fire-adapted ecosystems.
The pile burn locations are as followed:
- Dawson Ranch
- Hole in the
- Mt. Harvard Estates
- Pinyon Mountain
- Kerr Gulch
- Thompson Mountain
- Mount Shavano
Smoke is said to be visible in the area both during and after the burn operations. Smoke will be most visible during the warmest part of the day. With cooler temperatures in the evening, smoke may linger and accumulate in low-lying areas. Fire managers have developed a detailed prescribed fire plan and have obtained smoke permits from the State of Colorado for the planned burn. Prescribed fire smoke may affect your health.
For detailed information on the exact locations of each burn, please visit the Colorado Air Pollution Control Division’s website www.colorado.gov/pacific/cdphe/wood-smoke-and-health.
For additional information, contact Matt Norden, fire operations specialist at (719) 269-8583 or by contacting John Markalunas, deputy fire management officer at (719) 257-8785 in the BLM Rocky Mountain District Front Range Fire and Aviation Management Unit.