Forest Service burning slash on Vasquez Ridge on Nov. 17 | SkyHiNews.com

Forest Service burning slash on Vasquez Ridge on Nov. 17

U.S. Forest Service crews will burn slash piles on Vasquez Ridge today, Thursday, Nov. 17, two miles west of Winter Park/Fraser in the Vasquez Ridge/West Elk Creek area.

The area contains approximately 8,000 piles on 228 acres, remaining from recent mountain pine beetle mitigation projects.

Crews recently completed burning near King Mountain Ranch off Colorado Highway 125,, eliminating some 450 piles of slash and woody debris on 10 acres.

Burning elsewhere around the Sulphur Ranger District will continue through December as conditions allow. Wind, fuel moisture, staffing, and snow cover all play a factor in where and whether ignition occurs.

Since the end of October, Sulphur Ranger District fuels crews have been reducing the number of slash piles from mountain pine beetle mitigation projects. Good snowpack and smoke-dispersal conditions have enabled crews to burn more than 1,700 slash piles on some 100 acres in the past few weeks, according to the Forest Service.


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