Forest Service to conduct pile burning this week |

Forest Service to conduct pile burning this week

Pile burning operations are pictured along Tiger Road near Breckenridge in 2021. This week, the U.S. Forest Service will conduct pile burning to mitigate wildfire risks in various areas across the county.
Elaine Collins/Courtesy photo

Personnel from the U.S. Forest Service fire management team will begin pile burning operations this week in Summit County as part of this winter’s wildfire mitigation plan. From Tuesday, March 22, to Thursday, March 24, crews will conduct pile burning when conditions warrant at Keystone Gulch, Barton Gulch in Breckenridge and Miners Creek Road in Frisco.

Daily ignitions are expected to begin around 10 a.m., and smoke and flames may be visible from Interstate 70, Colorado Highway 9, Breckenridge, Silverthorne, Dillon, Frisco and surrounding areas.

Fire management officials will be on the scene during the day, but piles will be allowed to burn or smolder unattended overnight. Conditions are favorable due to recent moisture, and personnel will monitor burn piles over the next few days.

The Forest Service is burning these piles to destroy trees that were cut during wildfire fuels reduction work.

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