Slash pile burning planned up Four Mile |

Slash pile burning planned up Four Mile

The White River National Forest plans to conduct pile burning on the Aspen-Sopris Ranger District in the Baylor Park area up Four Mile Road in the coming weeks. Slash piles have been created for burning in project areas where other means of disposal are not feasible.

“With recent snowfall and colder temperatures, conditions are ideal to burn piles in the Baylor Park area,” said Kevin Warner, district ranger. “These piles were created by past fuels reduction projects, and burning these piles will decrease fuel-loading in the area.”

Fire professionals will monitor the burning daily until the piles smolder out. Ideal conditions for pile burning require adequate ventilation or light winds for smoke dispersion and some permanent snow on the ground to keep fire contained to the piles.

Smoke from burning piles may be visible from Four Mile Road and Sunlight Mountain Resort. Most of the smoke will dissipate during the day; however some nighttime smoke may remain in valley bottoms and drainages. This is expected to be a short-term occurrence.

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