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City Planning to Conduct Several Prescribed Burning Projects in 2021

The City of Boulder anticipates conducting several prescribed fire projects in the coming weeks to help improve open space agricultural properties and ditches that deliver water to area farmers and ranchers.

If conditions allow, the city may also conduct prescribed burns in forest and grassland areas to reduce fire risks for neighborhoods and to improve ecosystem health and wildlife habitats.

City of Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks (OSMP) and Boulder Fire-Rescue are planning to conduct agricultural burns in several city open space locations, including:

  • Southwest of the intersection of Monarch Road and N. 63rd Street. 
  • Northwest of the intersection of Jay Road and 51st Street.
  • Northeast of the intersection of Arapahoe Road and 75th Street. 
  • South of the intersection of Arapahoe Road and White Roads Trail Road. 
  • Northwest of the intersection of Baseline Road and Bluebird Lane. 
  • Southeast of the intersection of South Boulder Road and Cherryvale Road. 
  • Several other small irrigation ditch burns in locations yet to be determined.

Agricultural burning of water ditches removes vegetation from important irrigation infrastructure and helps control plant growth and invasive weed species. Should weather conditions allow burning to occur, area residents, open space visitors and motorists may see smoke from city open space agricultural lands. All burning will be supervised and monitored by Boulder Fire-Rescue.

The city may also conduct burning on Shanahan Ridge south of Boulder this spring. Burning in this area – which could occur any time between Monday, March 1, and Monday, May 31 – would improve local forest health and help reduce fire risks to the surrounding community.

The City of Boulder only conducts burning when weather and vegetation conditions are acceptable to assure the safety of the public and minimize the potential impacts of smoke. Visit for more information on city prescribed burning efforts. Prescribed fire smoke may affect your health. For more information, please visit:

Media Contacts:
Phillip Yates, Media Relations, 303-349-2438

Published Jan. 8, 2021