Crews from the U.S. Forest Service have scheduled pile burns for the week of Oct. 28 as conditions permit. The operations will take place beginning Monday, Oct. 28 on the hillside above Stephens Park in the Intermountain neighborhood. The piles were built as part of the ongoing Vail Intermountain Fuels Reduction Project, a partnership between the U.S. Forest Service and Town of Vail.
Pile burning is dependent on environmental conditions that allow smoke to rise and disperse rather than settling onto the highway and into residential areas. In most cases, burning will only occur when there is adequate snow cover to minimize risks. Smoke and flames may be visible from various points along Interstate 70 and some smoke may settle into lower elevations in the evening hours.
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.