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October 14, 2015

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Vivienne Jannatpour, (303) 678-6277

Prescribed burn completed at Hall Ranch

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October 14, 2015

Media Contact: Erin Hartnett, Parks & Open Space Ranger PIO, 303-678-6211

Boulder County, Colo. -- The prescribed burn at Hall Ranch has been completed and the park is now open. Smoke and flames will be visible within the burn area for the next few days as logs, stumps and other vegetation continue to burn and smolder. This is an expected and important part of a prescribed burn and is necessary to reach fuel consumption goals.

There is a detour in place on the Nighthawk Trail directing park visitors around the burn area. The burn area will be closed to the public until it is deemed safe to reopen by fire personnel. Crews will remain on site monitoring until the fire is determined to be out or is confirmed as being controlled by significant weather conditions.

Accomplishments:

  • Over a span of two days the Boulder County Fire Management Program along with Boulder County Parks and Open Space safely and effectively reintroduced prescribed fire to approximately 75 acres of a ponderosa/grass ecosystem at Hall Ranch.
  • All fire was contained within the burn unit perimeter. A minimum 50-foot area from the fire’s edge has been secured.
  • The goal of this project was to reduce forest understory fuels to help decrease the occurrence and impact from large uncharacteristic wildfires.
  • Over 150 firefighters from 20 local and state wide fire protection districts and agencies provided resources throughout the duration of the project.

For more information, go to www.BoulderCountyOpenSpace.org/fall2015burn or call (303) 678-6211.