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Smoke Expected Near Hermit Park Open Space - Do Not Call 911

Department: Natural Resources
Release Date: Feb 25, 2013

Contact Information:

Jeffrey Boring, Resource Specialist, (970) 679-4569,

Photo: Meegan Flenniken

 The Larimer County Natural Resources Department will burn slash piles at Hermit Park Open Space (southeast of Estes Park) on Monday, February 25, 2013. Pile burning will continue throughout the week, if weather conditions allow.  

Burning piles is part of an on-going wildfire mitigation/forest health project on Larimer County parks and open space properties, involving mechanical thinning, hand piling tree limbs and pile burning. Over 200 piles at Hermit Park Open Space are targeted for burning this winter.
These forest management projects are part of an on-going effort to:
1.      Reduce fuel loading to reduce the likelihood of catastrophic fires
2.      Remove trees damaged by insects and disease
3.      Restore forested areas to a healthier forest condition, improving wildlife habitat
To meet safety and regulatory requirements piles are burned after snow storms, when at least three inches of snow is on the ground. Please do not call 911 or local law enforcement, as they are already aware of these burns. 
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