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October 6, 2016

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Heil Valley Ranch Prescribed Burn Window Set for Oct. 12 – 31

First attempt Wednesday, Oct. 12, weather permitting

Boulder County, Colo. – Boulder County Parks & Open Space and the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office Wildland Fire Management Program plan to conduct a prescribed burn at Heil Valley Ranch sometime between Oct. 12 and 31.

The first attempt will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 12, 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 completely for up to 14 days during active ignition operations. Specific areas will reopen as soon as it’s deemed safe to do so by fire personnel.

Fire crews plan to burn up to 400 acres during this project, which includes completing the 2016 Wapiti 2 Prescribed Burn and reentry into the 2014 Wapiti Prescribed Burn.

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 (gusty winds), or the situation becomes unsafe. 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.

For more information and to sign up for update emails, go to or call 303-678-6211.

Smoke from prescribed fires may affect your health. For tips on how to protect your health from wood smoke, go to the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment Wood Smoke and Health website.