Leadville Ranger District is preparing for a slash pile prescribed-burn project in Lake County. The project involves burning slash piles from now through April 2020.

The general area for slash pile burning is the southeast side of Turquoise Lake off of County Road 9.

Burning slash piles is the second phase of the hazardous-fuels reduction project in the area, designed to promote forest health and improve wildlife habitat. The piles consist of woody debris from thinning or other timber projects on U.S. Forest Service lands resulting from efforts to reduce hazardous fuel buildup in these areas. The most effective method for removing slash piles is by igniting them when weather and conditions are conducive for burning, yet surrounding vegetation is less likely to ignite. For this reason, having snow on the ground is important for a successful burn.

Weather conditions may affect the dates for ignition, and fire personnel will monitor conditions to determine if ignition should take place. Smoke may be present for several days after the piles have been ignited. Fire personnel will monitor the piles until the fire is completely out.

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

For more information, contact the Leadville Ranger District at 719-486-0749.

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