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Slash pile burning planned at Golden Gate Canyon State Park

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Colorado State Forest Service

By Teddy Parker-Renga

The Colorado Department of Natural Resources, in cooperation with the Division of Fire Prevention and Control and with the support of the Colorado State Forest Service, will be burning slash piles on Golden Gate Canyon State Park this winter. Burning operations will occur as weather and snow conditions permit, and could begin in January 2021.

Burning will only be conducted under specific guidelines established by the Division of Fire Prevention and Control, including having adequate snow cover on the ground and acceptable weather forecasts that meet guidelines for safe and effective burning and adequate smoke dispersal.

The main objective of burning the slash piles is to reduce remaining woody fuels for the purpose of public safety. The existing piles are the result of joint forest management projects supported by the local fire protection districts, CSFS and Colorado Parks and Wildlife to reduce hazardous fuels and promote a healthy forest in Golden Gate Canyon State Park.

The Department of Natural Resources works closely with other agencies, such as the Colorado Air Pollution Control Division, Division of Fire Prevention and Control, and local authorities in developing and implementing any pile burning project.

Pile burning may continue periodically at Golden Gate Canyon State Park throughout the winter, as weather and snow conditions permit. For more information, please contact the CSFS Boulder Field Office at (303) 823-5774.

Prescribed fire smoke may affect your health. For more information, see www.colorado.gov/pacific/cdphe/wood-smoke-and-health.

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