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January 17, 2020

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Irrigation ditch burns scheduled for this winter and spring

Boulder County, Colo. - Boulder County Fire Management Program will conduct irrigation ditch and agricultural burns on county open space lands this winter and spring as conditions allow.

Irrigation ditches are burned to remove unwanted vegetation for improving water conveyance, nutrient cycling, and planting success. Burn dates are contingent on ideal weather conditions, including relative humidity, fuel moisture, and wind.

Boulder County Parks & Open Space irrigation ditches and agricultural properties scheduled for controlled burns this year include:

  • Wittemyer (N. 119th St. and Mineral Rd.)
  • Wambsganss (N. 119th St. and Niwot Rd.)
  • Josephine Roche (N. 119th St. and Arapahoe Rd.)
  • Jim Henry (N. 115th St. and Niwot Rd.)
  • Gaynor Lake (N. 107th St. and Oxford Rd.)
  • Pella Crossing (N. 75th St. and Hygiene Rd.)

Smoke and flames may be visible for up to 72 hours. There may be heavy smoke in the air. Please do not call 911 since a controlled burn is not an emergency. The areas will be monitored to ensure fires are completely out.

Smoke from prescribed fires may affect health. The Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment Wood Smoke and Health website and the Boulder County Public Health Wildfire Air Quality & Health website provide tips on how to protect health from smoke.
For additional information, contact Boulder County Parks & Open Space Senior Forester Stefan Reinold at 303-678-6202 or Updates will be posted to

Agricultural ditch burn