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November 22, 2016

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Heil Valley Ranch Prescribed Burn Window Set for Nov. 28 – Dec. 14

Heil Valley Ranch will be closed during active ignition days

Boulder County, Colo. - Boulder County Parks & Open Space and the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office Wildland Fire Management Program will conduct a prescribed burn at Heil Valley Ranch sometime between Nov. 28 and Dec. 14.

The first attempt will take place on Monday, Nov. 28, weather permitting, but could take place any day in the defined burn window. Updates will be posted to the website and sent to the email list (see below).

Heil Valley Ranch will be closed during active ignition days. The park will reopen as soon as it’s deemed safe to do so by fire personnel.

To determine if conditions are suitable for ignitions, fire managers assess fuel moisture levels and continuously monitor current and projected weather forecasts. Weather considerations include wind, temperature, relative humidity and air quality. Conditions have to meet certain criteria in order for the prescribed burn to proceed. Fire personnel will stop burning if weather conditions change and don’t allow for a safe operation. Weather and safety conditions are monitored constantly.

Firefighting resources will completely surround the area during the duration of the prescribed burn, and will remain onsite until the fire is confirmed as being controlled by significant weather conditions or determined to be out. The project area is well contained by trails and roads.

Fire crews were previously on the property conducting the prescribed burn in October, but weather conditions halted the project. Fire crews plan to burn up to 400 acres during this project.

The interior of these prescribed burns will continue to consume hazardous fuels for multiple days. Smoke will be visible during this time, including overnight. Smoke from prescribed fires may affect health. The Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment Wood Smoke and Health website and the Boulder County Public Health Wildfire Air Quality & Health website provide tips
on how to protect health from smoke

For more information and to sign up for update emails, go to or contact Vivienne Jannatpour, Parks & Open Space Communications Specialist, at or 303-678-6277.