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Sulphur Ranger District to resume pile burning in Grand County

GRANBY – Sulphur Ranger District will be burning slash piles in Grand County to remove hazardous fuels from past timber harvest and fuels reduction activities.

Pile burning will occur late October through December as weather, staffing, snow cover and smoke dispersal conditions allow.

Anyone in the area with smoke allergies should contact Reid Armstrong at 970-887-4145 or krarmstrong@fs.fed.us to be put on an email or call list for notifications the days piles are burned.

Treatments are scheduled for the following locations:

Grand Lake Area

• Green Ridge 3 miles south of town off U.S. Highway 34 and County Road 66: This unit contains approximately 250 piles to be burned this winter. The remaining piles will be left for wildlife habitat. This will complete the Green Ridge project, which was started in 2007 as part of the Arapaho National Recreation Area Vegetation Management Project.

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Winter Park Area

• Twin Bridges Unit 28 between Vasquez Road (148) and Little Vasquez Road (156) near the terminus of Arapaho Road: Includes approximately 650 piles on 13 acres. These piles are located near the junction of Blue Sky (N86) and Twin Bridges trails. Portions of these trails may close during burning operations for public safety.

• Ice Hill Unit 92 near U.S. Highway 40 along the national forest boundary with the town of Winter Park: Sits near the junction of Ice Hill (N87) and Serenity (N91) and contains approximately 500 piles on 10 acres. Portions of these trails also may close during burning operations for public safety.

Slash piles were left behind in both these areas as part of the Upper Fraser Valley Forest Health Project to reduce hazardous fuels near the Town of Winter Park.

The plan is to burn Unit 28 first and then proceed to Unit 92. Signs will be posted in the area when burning is under way.

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