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November 16, 2015

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Vivienne Jannatpour, (303) 678-6277

Prescribed burn at Heil Valley Ranch officially called out

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November 16, 2015

Media Contact: Erin Hartnett, Parks & Open Space Ranger PIO, 303-678-6211

Boulder County, Colo. -- On Nov. 7, Boulder County wildland firefighters conducted a final check of the Overlook prescribed burn area at Heil Valley Ranch. No smoke, flames or areas still holding heat were located and the fire was officially called out.

Accomplishments:

  • On Oct. 28, the Boulder County Fire Management Program and Boulder County Parks and Open Space safely and effectively reintroduced prescribed fire to approximately 22 acres of a ponderosa/grass ecosystem at Heil Valley Ranch.
  • Approximately 70 firefighters from 15 local fire protection districts and agencies provided resources for the project.
  • Fire was introduced to the burn unit in a mosaic pattern.
  • To help decrease the occurrence and impact from large uncharacteristic wildfires, forest understory fuels were reduced.
  • The fire intensity was high enough to remove surface vegetation down to mineral soil in some areas of the unit, creating conditions able to support natural ponderosa pine regeneration.
  • Post-fire monitoring will continue and a report will be available for the public to view when completed.

The final project scheduled for this fall, the Wapiti 2 prescribed burn, is postponed until a later date. The goal is to complete the 270-acre burn by the end of spring 2016.

For more information call (303) 678-6211