Pile burning expected near Winter Park this week | SkyHiNews.com

Pile burning expected near Winter Park this week

With more snow arriving, U.S. Forest Service firefighters could begin burning slash pile burning near the town of Winter Park this week.

The piles are located east of Highway 40, along Moffat and Water Board roads, above the Lakota Subdivision.

Smoke may be visible from Arrow Tunnel, Corona Pass, Lakota Trail and Winter Park Resort.

Wind helps disperse smoke created during pile burning operations and snow helps keep the piles contained. Seeing flames and smoke, even after dark, is part of normal operations. This is one way that we can help reduce fuels on the landscape under the safest conditions.

Conditions are evaluated each day to determine if ignition will take place. Ignitions are generally expected to begin after 10 a.m. and will cease several hours before sunset. Smoke may be visible. Precipitation, wind, temperature, fuel moisture and staffing all play a part in when and whether ignition occurs. Firefighters monitor the area after burning is complete. Public and firefighter safety is always the number one priority in burning operations.

A complete list of areas where pile burning could occur on the Sulphur Ranger District this season is located at:http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4648/.

Support Local Journalism

Support Local Journalism

The Sky-Hi News strives to deliver powerful stories that spark emotion and focus on the place we live.

Over the past year, contributions from readers like you helped to fund some of our most important reporting, including coverage of the East Troublesome Fire.

If you value local journalism, consider making a contribution to our newsroom in support of the work we do.


Start a dialogue, stay on topic and be civil.
If you don't follow the rules, your comment may be deleted.

User Legend: iconModerator iconTrusted User


Mudslide closes Colorado 125 in Grand County

The Colorado Department of Transportation has closed Colorado Highway 125 in Grand County while crews work to clear the route of mud, debris and snagged trees piled up on various bridges and guardrails.

See more