BLM to burn slash piles southwest of Granby
Ryan Summerlin January 18, 2013
GRANBY – The Bureau of Land Management Kremmling Field Office is planning to burn slash piles of lodgepole pine from Jan. 22 through Feb. 28 if weather conditions remain favorable.
One of the conditions required is 3 inches of snow on the ground to keep the fire from spreading beyond the piles, BLM officials said.
The slash piles are on public land three miles southwest of Granby in the Reed Creek area.
Fire personnel are planning to burn a total of 41 mechanically built slash piles resulting from an ongoing timber salvage project when weather conditions allow. The project area covers 106 acres.
Smoke and flames may be visible from the burning piles. Burn plans have been prepared and approved, and ignition will only take place if weather and ground conditions are within specifically determined parameters that allow for safe and efficient operations. Smoke permits from the Colorado State Air Pollution Division are in place, according to the BLM.
The objective of burning the slash piles is to remove the flammable debris and lower the risk of catastrophic wildland fire. Contact Kevin Thompson Fire Management Specialist at 970-724-3033 for more information.