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Slash Pile Burning Planned for Mount Evans State Wildlife Area
October 28, 2015 – The Colorado Department of Natural Resources, in cooperation with the Division of Fire Prevention and Control with the support of the Colorado State Forest Service, will be burning slash piles on the Mount Evans State Wildlife Area near Evergreen this fall and winter. Burning operations will occur as weather and snow conditions permit, and could begin next month.
Burning will only be conducted under specific guidelines established by the Division of Fire Prevention and Control. This includes sufficient snow cover on the ground, acceptable weather forecasts that meet guidelines for safe and effective burning, as well as adequate smoke dispersal.
The main objective of burning the slash piles is to reduce remaining woody fuels for the purpose of public safety. The existing piles are the result of forest management projects to improve wildlife habitat and reduce hazardous fuels.
The Department of Natural Resources works closely with other agencies, such as the Colorado Air Pollution Control Division, Division of Fire Prevention and Control, and local authorities in developing and implementing any pile burning project.
Pile burning may continue periodically at the State Wildlife Area through the fall and winter, as weather and snow conditions permit.
Prescribed fire smoke may affect your health. Please go to https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/cdphe/wood-smoke-and-health for additional information.