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Prescribed Burning Scheduled to Occur East of Boulder Between Feb. 24 and March 25

City of Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks and Boulder Fire-Rescue plan to conduct prescribed burning of cattails surrounding Teller Lake No. 5 at 95th Street and Valmont Road, east of Boulder, between Wednesday, Feb. 24, and March 25.

This planned burn is one of several agricultural burns the city plans to conduct this year. The burning of cattails will help improve the delivery of irrigation water to agricultural fields, as dense stands of cattails increase water loss from ditches and reservoirs, reduce storage capacity and slow water delivery. Managing cattails with prescribed fire will also help improve wildlife habitat for northern leopard frogs – a species Colorado Parks and Wildlife has designated a “species of greatest conservation need” – because thick stands of cattails can reduce available breeding habitat.

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. If weather conditions allow prescribed burning to occur, county residents, open space visitors and motorists in the area will see smoke. Boulder Fire-Rescue wildland firefighters will supervise the burning of cattails surrounding Teller Lake No. 5, with ignitions expected to begin after 9 a.m. and end before 3 p.m. While burning is occurring, OSMP anticipates closing the Teller Farm North Trailhead, sections of the East Boulder - Teller Farm Trail and a section of the East Boulder – White Rocks Trail south of Valmont Road.

Boulder Fire-Rescue firefighters will monitor the prescribed burn until it is safely extinguished. Fire lines have been mowed into the cattails in preparation for this burn. Prescribed fire smoke may affect your health. For more information, please visit:

Additional information about how the City of Boulder uses prescribed fires to help improve OSMP’s agricultural ditches and forest and ecosystems, please visit:

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

Published Feb. 22, 2021