Since ignitions began last week on the Elkhorn portion of the Elkhorn-Pingree Hill Prescribed Burn in the Poudre Canyon, 450 acres have burned. Firefighters are staffing the burn today and the area received precipitation yesterday. No ignitions are planned today and there is minimal smoke visible. Firefighters will continue to monitor the burn and watch conditions for the next available burn window. This will be the last update unless conditions change until ignitions can resume.
The Elkhorn - Pingree Hill Prescribed Burn is located in the Poudre Canyon. Firefighters burned portions of Pingree Hill in 2014, 2016, 2017 and 2018. No burning has taken place yet on Elkhorn.
The Pingree Hill Prescribed Burn is located northeast of Rustic at the intersection of Highway 14 and Pingree Hill road, south of Kelly Flats Road and is 1,913 acres. The Elkhorn Prescribed Burn is located approximately two miles northwest of Rustic, south of Sevenmile Road, above the Arrowhead Visitor Center and is 2,191 acres.
Appropriate conditions must be met before ignition of prescribed burns can take place. Fire managers are carefully monitoring these conditions, including a favorable weather forecast (temperature, wind, precipitation, etc.), fuel moisture, smoke dispersal and staffing. Weather is monitored throughout the burn and burning will be halted if conditions fall outside of the required conditions.
In ideal conditions, as many as 500 acres could be burned in one day. The goal of the burn is to reduce hazardous fuels and improve wildlife habitat. Work has already taken place within this project area to help ensure the burn stays within its identified perimeter.
Prescribed fire smoke may affect your health. For more information see https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/cdphe/wood-smoke-and-health. To check the latest updates on when this burn will occur, check our recorded incident information line at 970-498-1030 or follow us on Twitter @usfsclrd. To get added to the email notification list, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have specific questions related to this prescribed burn, please contact Reghan Cloudman at 970-295-6770.