Park plans pile burning on west side starting next week
Fire managers from Rocky Mountain National Park are taking advantage of winter weather conditions to burn piles of slash from several forest thinning and hazard tree mitigation projects.
Exclusion of fire for the past century has resulted in unnatural forest conditions in some areas, with significant accumulations of forest fuels and an increased risk of a wildfire, according to Park personnel. In addition, park crews have been cutting hazard trees caused by beetle killed trees.
A number of piles have already been burned on the east side of the Park. Beginning the week of Nov. 28, weather permitting, Park staff will begin burning piles on the west side of the Park.
Due to their proximity to Trail Ridge Road the smoke may cause limited visibility on the road. Certain sections of the road may be temporarily closed during and after pile burning operations and significant speed reduction may be required in pile burning areas. Nighttime closures may be in effect as well.
Updated information on the status of the road on the west side of the Park will be available through the Park’s Information Office at 970-586-1206 or through the Kawuneeche Visitor Center, 970-627-3471.
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