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Prescribed Burning Scheduled to Occur South of Boulder Anytime Between March 25 and May 31

Prescribed burning scheduled to occur south of Boulder anytime between March 25 and May 31 

City of Boulder Fire-Rescue and the Open Space and Mountain Parks (OSMP) Department are planning to continue efforts to reduce fire danger for the community by conducting prescribed burning on open space south of the city. This planned burn, which will also help to improve forest ecosystem health, could occur anytime between Monday, March 25, and Friday, May 31.

Burning will only be conducted 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, motorists on highways in and out of Boulder and open space visitors will see smoke from this planned burn. Residual smoke may be seen for several days after the burn is completed.

Boulder Fire-Rescue wildland firefighters, along with trained OSMP staff and personnel from neighboring and regional fire agencies, will begin ignitions after 10 a.m. and will end them before 4 p.m. View a map of the burn area, which is near the South Shanahan Fork, Bluestem Connector and the Big Bluestem East trails. Boulder Fire-Rescue will supervise the planned burn, and firefighters will monitor the burn at all times until it is safely extinguished.

In advance of the burn, City of Boulder will conduct numerous safety preparations, such as conducting smaller burns to create a perimeter around the burn area and removing vegetation. This burn will help meet OSMP forest ecosystem management objectives, including removing dead grass and forest litter that can inhibit native plant growth, improving forest habitat for native wildlife species and reducing fuel accumulations to minimize the risk of an intense wildfire.

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

For more information about how the City of Boulder uses prescribed fires to help improve OSMP’s forest ecosystems, please visit: Residents may also call OSMP at 303-441-3440 to learn more about the planned burn.

Published: March 15, 2019

Media Contacts:
Phillip Yates, Open Space and Mountain Parks, 303-349-2438
Kim Scott, Boulder Fire-Rescue, 303-441-4355
Patrick von Keyserling, Media Relations, 303-441-4959