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City Planning to Conduct Several Prescribed Burning Projects in Spring 2020

The City of Boulder’s Fire-Rescue and Open Space and Mountain Parks (OSMP) departments are planning to conduct prescribed burning projects in the coming months to help sustain forest ecosystem health, reduce fire risks for the community, and improve city-managed agricultural lands and water ditches.

The city is planning to continue spring prescribed burning just south of Boulder on Shanahan Ridge open space to help reduce fire danger for community members and improve area forest ecosystem health. This planned burning, near the South Shanahan Fork, Bluestem Connector and the Big Bluestem East trails, could occur any time between Monday, March 2, and Friday, May 29.

Ignitions will begin after 10 a.m., and end before 4 p.m. Boulder Fire-Rescue wildland firefighters, along with OSMP staff and personnel from neighboring and regional fire agencies, will monitor the Shanahan prescribed burn at all times until it is safely extinguished. The City of Boulder will conduct extensive preparations in advance of the burn, such as placing fire trucks at key locations around the planned burn, thinning vegetation that can fuel the burn and placing water hoses around the entire burn area.

OSMP and Boulder Fire-Rescue also will conduct agricultural open burning to remove vegetation in important agricultural irrigation infrastructure, control invasive weed species and to foster plant growth. The city is planning to conduct burns in the following city open space areas:

  • Northeast of the intersection of Arapahoe Road and Willow Creek Drive.
  • Southwest of the intersection of 63rd Street and Jay Road.
  • Southwest of the intersection of North 55th Street and Monarch Road.
  • North of the intersection of 51st Street and Jay Road.
  • The city also may conduct additional, small irrigation ditch burns in other locations.

The City of Boulder only conducts burning if, and when weather and vegetation conditions are acceptable to assure the safety of the public and minimize the potential impacts of smoke. Should conditions allow, Boulder residents, open space visitors and motorists on highways and roads in and out of Boulder will see smoke from these planned burns. All burning will be supervised and monitored by Boulder Fire-Rescue.

Prescribed fire smoke may affect your health. For more information, please visit:

Published: Feb. 21, 2020

Media Contacts:

Phillip Yates, Media Relations, 303-349-2438
Bryan Rachal, Media Relations, 303-441-3155