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October 9, 2023

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Hall Ranch closed Wednesday, Oct. 11, for prescribed burn if conditions allow

Prescribed burn is now scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 11, if conditions are favorable.

Boulder County, Colo. - Boulder County Parks & Open Space and the Sheriff’s Office Fire Management Program will conduct a prescribed burn on Wednesday, Oct. 11, conditions permitting. Hall Ranch will be closed for the day and should reopen on Thursday, Oct. 12. The burn had originally been scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 10.

This will be the first of multiple burns planned for the park. Prescribed fires reduce woody debris on forest floors. Removing these hazardous fuels decreases the risk of extreme wildland fires.

Fire personnel will stop burning if weather conditions do not allow for a safe operation or if the situation becomes unsafe for any reason. As with all prescribed burns, conditions must meet certain criteria for the burn to take place. Weather considerations include wind, temperature, relative humidity, and air quality. To determine if conditions are suitable for ignitions, fire managers assess fuel moisture levels and continuously monitor current and projected weather forecasts.

Smoke and flames may be visible for days to weeks following a prescribed burn. There may be heavy smoke in the air. Please do not call 911 since a prescribed burn is not an emergency. The areas will be monitored to ensure fires are completely out.

Smoke from prescribed fires may affect your health. The Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment Wood Smoke and Health webpage and the Boulder County Public Health Wildfire Air Quality & Health webpage provide information about health concerns related to prescribed fires.

For additional information, visit or contact Boulder County Parks & Open Space Forestry & Fire Group at

Prescribed Burn with fire fighters at Rabbit Mountain