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Pile burning begins in National Forest near Winter Park

Firefighters could begin burning slash piles on National Forest lands near Winter Park this week as conditions allow.

Depending on snow and smoke dispersion conditions, burning could occur in the Arrow Fuels Project located east/southeast of the Town of Winter Park, north/northeast of Winter Park Resort, and above the Lakota Subdivision. This project includes 2,700 hand piles and 90 machine piles.

Conditions are evaluated each day to determine if ignition will take place. Ignitions are generally expected to begin after 10 a.m. and will cease several hours before sunset. Smoke may be visible. Precipitation, wind, temperature, fuel moisture and staffing all play a part in when and whether ignition occurs. Firefighters monitor the area after burning is complete. Public and firefighter safety is always the number one priority in burning operations.

Prescribed fire smoke may affect your health. For more information see http://www.colorado.gov/pacific/cdphe/wood-smoke-and-health.