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The U.S. Forest Service – San Isabel National Forest, Salida Ranger District is preparing for slash pile prescribed burn projects in Chaffee and Saguache Counties. The projects involve burning slash piles from late October through April 2020.

General areas for slash pile burning:

• Southwest of Poncha Springs near Spruce Creek, CR214

• West of Poncha Pass off of Forest Road 205

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.

Burning slash piles is the second phase of the projects (Hazardous Fuels Reduction, Forest Health, and Wildlife Habitat Improvement). 

The piles consist of woody debris from thinning, or other timber projects which removed the initial hazardous fuels on U.S. Forest Service lands.

Burning these piles will further reduce the 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.

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