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Forest Service burned nearly 25,000 slash piles in winter 2022-2023

May 5, 2023

Fort Collins, Colo., May 3, 2023 – Forest Service firefighters typically take advantage of snowy winter months to burn slash piles created from mechanized fuels reduction projects across the landscape to minimize the risk of catastrophic wildfires. Mother Nature supported that effort this year with ample snow to burn approximately 25,000 piles this winter across the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests.

These piles equate to approximately 1,823 acres of treatment. This includes 535 acres on our Boulder Ranger District; 1,263 acres on our Canyon Lakes Ranger District; and 25 acres on our Sulphur Ranger District. Partners, like Colorado’s Department of Fire Prevention and Control and local fire organizations, played an important role in helping the Forest accomplish so many acres through additional funding provided by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.

“This year’s snow really helped our fire and fuels crews make a dent in the number of piles across the landscape.” Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests and Pawnee National Grassland Fire Management Staff Officer Cody Peel said. “Removing these slash piles is an important step in managing the health and resiliency of our Forests.”

As we move into spring, broadcast prescribed burning is another tool in our forest management toolbox. The Forest recently burned the Forsythe II Prescribed Burn on our Boulder Ranger District and burning on the Magic Feather Prescribed Burn outside of Red Feather Lakes on our Canyon Lakes Ranger District could begin as soon as next week.

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