From the U.S. Forest Service:
BOULDER, Colo – (Jan. 26, 2018) U.S. Forest Service firefighters successfully burned more than 450 slash piles this week near Ward and along Ridge Road. Depending on conditions next week, burning could occur in the following areas:
- James Creek Units (1 mile northeast of Ward; also near intersection of Gold Hill Rd/Switzerland Trail)
- Lump Gulch (West Magnolia area, 1 mile southeast of high school)
- Sugarloaf (Ridge Road/U.S. Forest Service Administrative Site)
Conditions are evaluated each day to determine if ignition will take place. Precipitation, wind, temperature, fuel moisture and staffing all play a part in when and whether ignition occurs.
Ignitions are generally expected to begin after 10 a.m. and will cease several hours before sunset. Firefighters monitor the area after burning is complete. Public and firefighter safety is always the number one priority in burning operations.
Wind helps disperse smoke created during pile burning operations and snow helps keep the piles contained. Seeing flames and smoke, even after dark, is part of normal operations. This is one way that we can help reduce the buildup of fuels on the landscape under the safest conditions.
A complete list of areas where pile burning could occur on the Boulder Ranger District this season is located at:http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4648/