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February 5, 2018

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Slash pile and irrigation ditch burning scheduled this winter and spring

Pile burns will be conducted at Hall Ranch and Walker Ranch when there is sufficient snow cover

Boulder County, Colo. - Boulder County Fire Management Program will conduct slash pile and irrigation ditch burns on county open space lands this winter and spring as conditions allow.

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.

Boulder County open space irrigation ditches scheduled for controlled burns this year include:

  • Jim Henry (N. 115th St. and Niwot Rd.)
  • Table Mountain (N. 55th St. and Nelson Rd.)
  • Gaynor Lake (N. 107th St. and Oxford Rd.)
  • Wittemyer (N. 119th St. and Mineral Rd.)

Additional properties may be burned if conditions allow. Complete list can be found at www.BoulderCountyOpenSpace.org/burns.

Irrigation ditches are burned to remove unwanted vegetation for improving water conveyance, nutrient cycling, and planting success. Burn dates are contingent on ideal weather conditions, including relative humidity, fuel moisture, and wind.

Smoke and flames may be visible for up to 72 hours. There may be heavy smoke in the air. Please do not call 911 since a controlled burn is not an emergency. The areas will be monitored to ensure fires are completely out.

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.