Rocky Mountain National Park announces pile burning projects
October 25, 2011
Fire managers from Rocky Mountain National Park plan to take advantage of winter weather conditions to burn piles of slash from several forest thinning and hazard tree mitigation projects.
Exclusion of fire for the past century has resulted in unnatural forest conditions in some areas, according to Park officials, with significant accumulations of forest fuels and an increased risk of a wildfire.
In addition, park crews have been cutting hazard trees caused by beetle kill. There are an estimated 8,000 to 10,000 piles park-wide. If these are all burned, it will be roughly three times the amount of piles that are normally burned in a year.
Pile-burning operations may begin as early as Oct. 24 and continue through March, as weather permits. The piles, which are now dry enough to burn, are located in a variety of locations on both the east and west sides of the park. Locations include but are not limited to: Bear Lake Road Corridor, Glacier Basin Campground, Sprague Lake, Moraine Park Campground, Deer Mountain, Highway 34 near Deer Ridge Junction, some areas along Trail Ridge Road, Lily Lake
area, Wild Basin Road, along US Highway 34 from the park boundary to the Colorado River Trailhead, on the southern boundary of the park (north of the town of Grand Lake), Shadow Mountain, and other areas along Trail Ridge Road on the west side.
For more information call the park’s Information Office, 970-586-1206.