Pile burning planned near Ward and Jamestown this week

BOUDLER, Colo. – With snow on the ground, fire managers could begin burning wood piles near Ward as early as tomorrow, Nov. 14, continuing through the remainder of the week. Burning generally begins after 10 a.m. and ceases several hours before sunset.

Efforts will be focused in the following areas:

  • James Creek Units M0502, M3202, H3101: 200 acres of hand piles or approx. 4,000 piles; Potential smoke impacts: Ward, Bar K subdivision Gold Lake, Jamestown Gold Hill, Rowena; General locationPeak to Peak Hwy 1 mile North of Ward Gold Lake and County Rd 100 and 103.
  • James Creek Units M0501 M0503: 150 acres of hand piles or approx. 4,500 piles; Potential smoke impacts: Ward, Bar K subdivision, Gold Lake, Jamestown Gold Hill, Rowena; General locationGold Lake Rd 1 East of Peak to Peak Hwy

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. 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 fuels on the landscape under the safest conditions.

Public and firefighter safety is always the number one priority in burning operations.

K. “Reid” Armstrong
Public Affairs Specialist
Forest Service

Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests
Pawnee National Grassland

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