2:20 am - Wednesday January 24, 2018

USFS News Release: U.S. Forest Service to Begin Slash Pile Burningin Chaffee and Lake Counties‏


IN CHAFFee and Lake Counties


The U.S. Forest Service – Salida and Leadville Ranger Districts are preparing for slash pile prescribed burn projects in Chaffee and Lake Counties.  The projects involve burning slash piles from November 2015 through April 2016.


Weather conditions may affect the dates for ignition, and fire personnel will monitor conditions to determine if ignition should take place. Smoke may be present for several days after the piles have been ignited.  Fire personnel will monitor the piles until the fire is completely out.


The most effective method for removing slash piles is by igniting when weather and conditions are conducive for burning, yet surrounding vegetation is less likely to spread from airborne sparks. For this reason, having snow on the ground is important for a successful burn.  The piles consist of woody debris from thinning projects which removed hazardous fuels on U.S. Forest Service lands.  Burning these piles will further reduce the hazardous fuel buildup in these areas.


General areas for slash pile burning:

Chaffee County

·         Morrison Creek/ Frenchman Creek


Lake County

·         Flume Creek (South of Twin Lakes Reservoir)


Prescribed fire smoke may affect your health. For more information see:




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