BLM And USFS Ready To Burn Slash Piles |

BLM And USFS Ready To Burn Slash Piles

The Kremmling Field Office of the Bureau of Land Management and the Routt National Forest are planning to burn slash piles of lodgepole pine over the next several weeks in three different locations in Grand County.

The expected timeframe for this operation runs through December. The slash pile locations are: BLM and Forest Service land near the Gore Lakes Subdivision on Highway 134, approximately 12 miles northwest of Kremmling; BLM land one-quarter mile east of Ouray Ranch Subdivision between Grand Lake and Granby and; BLM land located three miles southeast of Granby near the Shadow Mountain YMCA .

Burning will begin this Monday, Oct. 22, on the Gore Lakes slash piles. “Weather is one of the key components for any prescribed burn project,” said Justin Kincaid, fuels specialist. “Slash piles are best burned when there’s snow on the ground and the chance for fire to spread is unlikely. We were prepared to begin work earlier this month, but we’ve been waiting for the right weather conditions.”

Smoke and flames will be visible from the burning piles. Burn plans have been prepared and approved that specify the desired weather and wind conditions, as well as other guidelines for safe and efficient operations. Colorado State Air Pollution

Division smoke permits have also been obtained.

The objective of burning the slash piles is to remove the flammable debris and lower the risk of catastrophic wildland fire. The slash is the result of salvage timber sales and fuels reduction projects conducted to remove beetle killed timber.

Contact Kincaid at (970) 724-3033 or Mark Cahur at (970) 870-2214 for more information.

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