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If you're interested in how prescribed burns are conducted in our area, please join local USDA Forest Service leaders and local partners on a "live prescribed fire" site visit of the Magic Feather prescribed burn on Wednesday, April 24 from 12-2pm.

Come learn from local Forest Service fire managers about how they design a prescribed burn, what weather conditions are required for prescribed burning operations, what the objectives of the project include, and what it means to live in a fire-adapted ecosystem.

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The Colorado Department of Fire Prevention and Control has announced a round of small grants for homeowners to work primarily on home hardening for fire mitigation. The application period is open now and grant applications are due April 15th.

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Firefighters from CLVFD and RFLVFD have been manning the Slash Depot burn continuously since we lit it off Thursday morning.  At this point, it's burned down enough that we'll be switching to a schedule of regular monitoring instead of a constant presence. There's still smoke rising from the piles and some flames may be visible at times as the fire, which is still smoldering, makes contact with some unburned fuel or gets a fresh infusion of oxygen via a gust of wind. The Slash Depot gates are closed and public access is not permitted, as the site is and will remain unsafe until the ashes have cooled.

You can expect the burn to continue putting up smoke for some time yet and that we'll continue to keep an eye on it to ensure it's safely contained.


Weather conditions having turned out just right for a burn, firefighters lit off the Slash Depot piles at 10:45 this morning. Expect to see significant smoke in the area for the next couple of days.

Firefighters from either CLVFD or RFLVFD will be continuously manning the burn for at least the first 48 hours, with personnel continuing to monitor the site regularly after that point.

03-13-2024  -- SLASH DEPOT BURN

If the approaching snowstorm comes in as forecast, Crystal Lakes VFD and Red Feather Lakes VFD are tentatively planning to burn the piles at the Slash Depot starting this Thursday, March 14th. Whether or not we burn will be entirely dependent on snowfall totals and weather conditions, and the final decision will be made by Crystal Lakes and Red Feather Lakes VFD chief officers and the certified burn boss hired by the Crystal Lakes Road & Recreation Association to supervise the burn.

We'll have a number of firefighters from both departments on site for the first several hours of the burn, and there will be either CLVFD or RFLVFD personnel continuously manning the burn for at least the first 48 hours, with personnel continuing to monitor the site regularly after that point.

Depending on the conditions and weather forecast on Thursday, burning may begin that morning, be put off until later in the day or later in the week, or scrapped until the weather and snow totals are better for safe burning. We'll post in our group email and on Nextdoor as we know more.