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October 12, 2018

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Prescribed burns scheduled for this fall and winter

Slash pile burns may begin this Sunday, Oct. 14, at Walker Ranch.

Boulder County, Colo. - Boulder County Parks & Open Space and the Sheriff’s Office Wildland Fire Management Program plan to conduct several prescribed burns on county open space lands this fall and winter as conditions allow.

Prescribed burns are planned at Ron Stewart Preserve at Rabbit Mountain and Heil Valley Ranch sometime between now and Nov. 19. Approximately 85 acres could be burned at the Ron Stewart Preserve (Ron Stewart Preserve Prescribed Burn Area Map). At Heil Valley Ranch, up to 410 acres could be burned in two different project areas (Heil Valley Ranch Prescribed Burn Area Map). The parks will be closed during ignition days and will reopen when deemed safe.

Slash pile burning will be conducted at Hall Ranch and Walker Ranch when there is sufficient snow cover to ensure safe fire operations and containment. Pile burns are conducted to reduce the amount of fuel on the ground as a result of thinning operations. Slash pile burns do not require park closures.

In addition, two agriculture properties may be burned as part of wildland fire training between Nov. 16-18. These properties include Wambsganss (N. 119th St. and Niwot Rd.) and Wittemeyer Ponds (N. 119th St. and Mineral Rd.)

Smoke and flames may be visible for days to weeks following a prescribed burn. There may be heavy smoke in the air. Please do not call 911 since a prescribed burn is not an emergency. The areas will be monitored to ensure fires are completely out.

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 additional information, contact Boulder County Parks & Open Space Senior Forester Stefan Reinold at 303-678-6202 or sreinold@bouldercounty.org. Updates will be posted to www.BoulderCountyOpenSpace.org/burns.

Prescribed burn in forest