Crews to begin burning slash piles in Eagle-Vail, Wolcott
VAIL — Smoke may be visible in Eagle-Vail and on Bellyache Ridge near Wolcott this week and next as crews from Eagle County and Eagle River Fire Protection District begin burning slash piles generated from wildfire mitigation projects completed last summer. Firefighters from both agencies will burn piles when weather conditions are favorable for lifting smoke out of the area and moisture in adjacent vegetation is at acceptable levels to prevent the spread of fire. Burning could begin as early as today and potentially continue through early December.
“We need adequate snow on the ground before we ignite slash piles,” said Eric Lovgren, wildfire mitigation manager for Eagle County. “We have between 60 to 70 piles to burn.”
Crews thinned brush near homes on Daisy Lane in Eagle-Vail to create fuel-break between the neighborhood and adjacent forest lands. Crews also worked to remove beetle-kill near homes on Big Dipper and Little Dipper roads on Bellyache Ridge. The resulting slash was piled to cure so it could be effectively burned when conditions allowed.
Smoke from each burn site may be seen for short periods in the Avon, Eagle-Vail and Wolcott areas along Interstate 70. Some drift smoke could affect homeowners for a short period of time. Anyone with health conditions that may be affected by short durations of smoke should contact Lovgren at 970-328-8742.