Slash pile burning planned between Minturn, Colorado and Camp Hale |

Slash pile burning planned between Minturn, Colorado and Camp Hale

Enterprise staff report

The U.S. Forest Service will be conducting pile burning operations west of Highway 24 between Minturn and Camp Hale on the Eagle-Holy Cross Ranger Districts.

The two units are located along the Tigiwon and No Name Road. The pile burns will begin in late February and early March 2015 when the daily weather conditions are favorable under good smoke dispersal conditions. The operations are expected to last one or more days.

Current snowpack conditions are favorable at this time. The piles will be allowed to burn and smolder overnight, unattended. There is a possibility that some residual smoke may be seen after most of the piles have burned. Smoke will be visible from the towns of Minturn and Red Cliff, the Vail and Beaver Creek ski areas and Highway 24. Fire management personnel will be on scene during the day in order to monitor potential smoke impacts and fuel consumption. Crews will monitor the project areas periodically over the next few days after ignition until the piles are out.

Please do not call 911 as the purpose of this burn is to help reduce fuel loading that occurred during hazard tree and wildfire hazard fuels reduction.

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