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October 26, 2015

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Vivienne Jannatpour, (303) 678-6277

Prescribed Burn Planned at Heil Valley Ranch this Wed., Thurs., Fri.

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October 26, 2015

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

Fire Management Officer: Jay Stalnacker, (303) 441-1481

Boulder County, Colo. -- Boulder County Parks and Open Space and the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office Wildland Fire Management Program plan to conduct a prescribed burn at Heil Valley Ranch on Oct. 28, 29, and 30. Heil Valley Ranch will be closed completely during active ignition days. The exact closure dates will be dependent on weather conditions. Specific areas will reopen as soon as it’s deemed safe to do so by fire personnel.

The Overlook prescribed burn will cover approximately 22 acres and is located west of the Ponderosa Loop Trail (map). The Wapiti 2 prescribed burn, which is also located at Heil Valley Ranch, is postponed until a later date.

The current weather pattern and predicted future weather conditions have offered relief to the warm, dry September. Both short- and long-term forecast models indicate a return to normal fall weather conditions. In addition, local fuels and fire conditions are stabilizing back to normal averages. There has been limited national, state and local fire activity, so firefighting resources are available for immediate response in the event of a fire start up.

Firefighting resources will remain on the prescribed burn until the fire is confirmed as being controlled by significant weather conditions or determined to be out. The project area is well contained by trails and roads. Fire hoses and fire engines will completely surround the area during the duration of the burn.

For more information and to sign up for update emails, go to www.BoulderCountyOpenSpace.org/fall2015burn or call (303) 678-6211.

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