Forest Service details planned burns in Grand County for coming week |

Forest Service details planned burns in Grand County for coming week

Sky-Hi News staff report
Pile burning is expected to take place at several locations across the Grand County this week.
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Smoke may be visible from Grand Lake, Winter Park and the Colorado Highway 125 corridor in Grand County with the U.S. Forest Service looking to burn slash piles in the Sulphur Ranger District over the next week.

The burning is expected to focus on the following areas:

Trail Creek Fuels North (5,000 hand piles) — 2.5 miles northwest of Fish Bay on Granby Lake

• ANRA/Supply Creek Fuels/Kawuneeche Road North (20 machine piles and 1,000 hand piles) — 1.5 miles northwest of Columbine Lake, near Supply Creek Trailhead

• Pass Creek (175 machine piles) – West and east of Highway 125 near Gravel Mountain

Wind can disperse smoke during burning operations, and snow helps keep the piles contained. Seeing flames and smoke, even after dark, is normal when this kind of burning is underway.

The operations are designed to reduce fuels for wildfires under the safest conditions possible.

Conditions are evaluated daily to determine if ignition will take place. Ignitions generally begin after 10 a.m. and cease several hours before sunset.

For updates on pile burning activities on the Sulphur Ranger District, people may e-mail and ask to be added to the Sulphur Ranger District Prescribed Fire list.

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