Pile burning could continue in some areas west of Boulder this week

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/

K. “Reid” Armstrong
Public Affairs Specialist
Forest Service

Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests
Pawnee National Grassland

p: 303-541-2532
c: 970-222-7607
krarmstrong@fs.fed.us

Firefighters waiting for enough snow accumulation to begin pile burning west of Boulder

From the U.S. Forest Service–

BOULDER, Colo – (Jan. 19, 2018)  U.S. Forest Service firefighters are still waiting for enough snow to accumulate in the mountains west of Boulder to allow for slash pile burning. So far this season, conditions have not developed to allow planned burns to occur. If this weekend’s predicted snowstorm develops, burning could occur next week in the following areas:

  • Lump Gulch (West Magnolia area)
  • Sugarloaf (Ridge Road/U.S. Forest Service Administrative Site)
  • James Creek Units (East of Ward)

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.

If you know anyone else who would like to receive updates on pile burning activities in the Boulder Ranger District area, have them emailkrarmstrong@fs.fed.us and ask to be added to our email updates. To unsubscribe, please reply with UNSUBSCRIBE in the subject line.

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/

K. “Reid” Armstrong
Public Affairs Specialist
Forest Service

Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests
Pawnee National Grassland

p: 303-541-2532
c: 970-222-7607

Fuels reduction work to begin on National Forest near Meeker, Jamestown

From U.S. Forest Service :

BOULDER, Colo. (Sept. 12, 2017) – Work is scheduled to begin in the next few weeks on 300 acres of fuels reduction on the Roosevelt National Forest near Meeker Park and Jamestown. The projects will help improve forest health and reduce the risk of wildfire to nearby communities and watersheds. Treatments include thinning mixed conifer, expanding aspen stands and creating small patch cuts in lodgepole pine stands using chainsaws. The vegetation that is cut will be piled to burn, after curing, during winter conditions.

The projects are part of two landscape-scale planning efforts, including the St. Vrain Fuels Reduction Project and the James Creek Fuels Reduction Project. The work being completed by this contractor will be done entirely by hand. Additional vegetation treatment using machines will be scheduled later in the fall with a different contractor.

Work will occur from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and the project is expected to take four weeks to complete.

K. “Reid” Armstrong
Public Affairs Specialist
Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests
Pawnee National Grassland
Email: krarmstrong@fs.fed.us
Desk: 303-541-2532
Cell: 970-222-7607

Prescribed Burn in Jamestown, Saturday 9/9/2017

On behalf of the James Creek Watershed Initiative:

“Prescribed Burn – This Saturday, the JVFD along with the James Creek Watershed Initiative (JCWI) are planning on conducting a prescribed burn on the “buy out” properties at 145, 153, and 167 Main St. .  These are the properties surrounding, and near the community gardens.  The purpose is to help remove invasive weeds in advance of soil preparation , re-seeding and planting as part of the James Creek Riparian Restoration project.  The restoration project is sponsored by a Healthy Rivers Grant awarded to JCWI by the Colorado Water Conservation Board.

Provided that conditions are appropriate, the prescribed burn will be conducted by experienced firefighters under a burn plan and burn permit issued by Boulder County, and should take no longer than a couple of hours.  There will be smoke in the air during that time.

Follow-up phases of the restoration will occur later in September.  Look for information soon on volunteer opportunities to help with that.”