U.S. Forest Service fire crews will be burning slash piles during the week of Nov. 11 and possibly the week of Nov. 18 in the Grouse Mountain area of Grand County.
The piles are a result of hazard tree removal operations near Forest Roads 12, 112, 121 and 125.
Forest users and communities along U.S. Highway 40, including Parshall, Kremmling, Hot Sulphur Springs and Granby may observe smoke and flames, which are a normal part of pile burning operations.
This portion of the Arapaho National Forest is administratively managed by the Parks Ranger District. Questions should be directed to the district office in Walden.
The main objective of pile burning is to reduce remaining dead fuels from hazard tree-removal projects. Removing hazardous fuels reduces the risk of wildfire to watershed and communities.
The decision to burn these piles has been made due to wet and cool weather. Weather conditions will be closely monitored and burns will only be initiated if conditions are within established parameters for safe, effective fires. Each prescribed burn planned by the Forest has gone through an environmental analysis and has a burn plan developed in advance, along with appropriate smoke permits obtained from state agencies.
For more information about this or other projects please call (970) 723-2700 or stop by the Parks Ranger District at 100 Main Street in Walden between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Information can also be found on the following website, http://fs.usda.gov/mbr.