U.S. Forest Service firefighters plan to take advantage of existing and forecasted snow accumulation to burn slash piles in the West Magnolia fuel treatment area south of Nederland. Ignition may begin today and continue throughout the week as conditions allow.
Conditions are evaluated each day of the burn to determine if ignition will take place. Wind, fuel moisture, staffing and amount of snow cover all play a factor in where and whether ignition occurs.
Due to the topography of the area pile burning activities may be visible along Peak-to-Peak Highway and from Nederland.
So far this winter, Boulder and Clear Creek Ranger District firefighters have completed 135 acres of burning in the West Magnolia and Yankee Hill fuel treatment areas, including 2,500 hand piles and 73 machine piles. The attached photos show the burning of machine piles at West Magnolia Jan. 1 and Feb. 2, including a pair of smoldering piles after they have been mostly consumed.
To receive updates on pile burning activities in the Boulder Ranger District area visit www.fs.usda.gov/goto/arp/brdrxfire<http://www.fs.usda.gov/goto/arp/brdrxfire> or contact Maribeth Pecotte at 303-541-2532.