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WRNF prepares to burn slash piles

The White River National Forest is preparing to burn slash piles in several areas throughout the forest this fall. Crews will concentrate efforts on burning slash piles that are the result of fuels reduction projects.Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management fire crews also will be burning piles throughout the fall, weather conditions permitting, otherwise the burns will be postponed until spring. The burns are intended to incinerate at least 90 percent of the logs and slash in the piles.The highest priority areas are Wildernest and Mesa Cortina subdivisions in Silverthorne and West Vail. Pile burning is dependent on environmental conditions. The projects are scheduled to begin in early October. Smoke and flames may be visible from various points across the forest and some smoke may settle into lower elevations in the evening hours.Members of the public with health problems that may be aggravated by smoke production are instructed to contact Phil Bowden or Brenda Wilmore at (970) 328-6388. They will be personally notified prior to any burning activities.

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