Forest Service begins burning slash piles in Grand County
The Sulphur Ranger District has begun burning slash piles in Grand County to remove hazardous fuels from past timber harvest activities. Pile burning will occur as weather, snow cover and smoke dispersal conditions are favorable and consistent with our prescribed fire plan and the permit requirements issued by the State of Colorado. The Forest Service will place notification signs in the area when burning is taking place. Pile burning will take place in the following locations:∞ West of Grand Lake (N. Supply Trail and Kawuneche Rd.)∞ South edge of Lake Granby (County Rd. 6 near Lake Granby Dam)∞ From 2 to 5 miles west of Winter Park (along forest boundary, including Fraser Experimental Forest)∞ Vasquez Ridge (immediately west of Winter Park Resort)∞ Blue Ridge North (adjacent to Cottonwood Pass)∞ Blue Ridge South (west of Sheep Mountain along forest boundary)∞ Keyser Ridge (east side of Williams Fork Drainage)Because of the mountain pine beetle epidemic and the resulting dead trees, several types of hazardous fuel removal programs are occurring. These commercial and non-commercial fuel removal projects leave behind piles of woody debris, commonly known as slash. These slash piles are most efficiently removed by burning. The public can find more information about current pile burning activities on the internet at http://www.fs.fed.us/r2/arnf/conditions/srdbarkbeetle/index.shtml.People in the area with smoke allergies should contact Tammy Williams at 970-295-6693 or firstname.lastname@example.org to be put on an e-mail or call list for notifications the days piles are burned. For more information, please contact Paul Mintier, Fire Management Officer, Sulphur Ranger District at (970) 887-4128.
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