US Forest Service fire management personnel will start pile burning operations potentially Monday, Nov. 27 through Friday, Dec. 1. Specific locations for pile burning when conditions warrant include Vail Intermountain and West Vail.
Ignitions are expected to begin around 9 a.m. Smoke and flames may be visible from Vail, Interstate 70 and surrounding areas. Current conditions are favorable and piles will be allowed to burn and smolder overnight, unattended. Fire management personnel will be on scene during the day to monitor potential smoke impacts and fuel consumption. Monitoring will also occur periodically over the next few days until the piles are out.
The purpose of this pile burning is to help reduce fuel loading that occurred during hazard tree and wildfire hazard fuels reduction.
Prescribed fire smoke may affect your health. For more information visit: www.colorado.gov/cdphe/wood-smoke-and-health. Anyone who may have health problems that may be aggravated by smoke production should notify Paul Cada with Vail Fire and Emergency Services at 970-477-3475.