Parks & Open Space and the Sheriff’s Office Wildland Fire Management Program plan to conduct prescribed burns this fall.
Prescribed Burn Projects
Hall Ranch: Nelson Loop
- Prescribed burns will occur sometime between Sept. 19 and Nov. 20.
- Up to 338 acres in the Nelson Loop project area.
- Hall Ranch will be closed during ignition days and will reopen when deemed safe.
- This is part of a 5-year project to treat 853 acres, with a goal of burning up to 350 acres per year.
- A community meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 8 from 6:30-8 p.m. at the Lyons Regional Library.
- Prescribed Burn Map
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.
Slash Pile Burning
Slash piles were burned at Hall Ranch and Walker Ranch during the 2018-2019 winter. Pile burns were conducted to reduce the amount of fuel on the ground as a result of thinning operations.
Ron Stewart Preserve at Rabbit Mountain – South Dowe Flats (2018)
- Oct. 25, 2018 and Feb. 28, 2019.
- 40 acres were burned in the South Dowe Flats project.
- Completed Oct. 26, 2017.
- 40 acres were burned.
- Burn Area Map
Ron Stewart Preserve at Rabbit Mountain
- Completed on September 1, 2017.
- 185 acres were burned during the burn window.
- Burn Area Map
Wapiti 2 Burn at Heil Valley Ranch
- Completed on March 16, 2016.
- 150 of the 270 acre project area were burned.
Overlook Burn at Heil Valley Ranch
- Completed on Oct. 28, 2015.
- 22 acres burned.
- Approximately 70 firefighters from 15 local fire protection districts and agencies provided resources for the project.
- All fire was contained within the burn unit perimeter and the fire’s edge has been secured.
- The goal of this project was to reduce forest understory fuels to help decrease the occurrence and impact from large uncharacteristic wildfires.
- Overlook Prescribed Burn Report
Nighthawk Burn at Hall Ranch
- Completed on Oct. 14, 2015.
- Fire was introduced to at least 75% of the burn unit in a mosaic pattern.
- To help decrease the occurrence and impact from large uncharacteristic wildfires, the forest understory fuels were reduced by up to 75%.
- The fire intensity was high enough to remove all surface vegetation down to mineral soil on up to 25% 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.
- Nighthawk Prescribed Burn Report
Wapiti Burn at Heil Valley Ranch
- Completed on Nov. 9, 2014.
- 150 acres burned.