Important Information For Residents

Important Information For Residents
Posted on 11/13/2019
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Pile Burning Planned in the Boulder Ranger District 

BOULDER, Colo.—November 8, 2019—U.S. Forest Service firefighters will undertake slash pile burning on the Boulder Ranger District over the next week as conditions allow, focusing on the following areas:

 

  • St. Vrain Units 12a, 12b, 12d (6,000 hand piles) In the town of Meeker Park.
  • James Creek Unit H1501 (1,500 hand piles) – Sky View Estates, near Ceran St. Vrain Trailhead, 2 miles east of Peak to Peak Highway on Overland Rd.
  • James Creek RFB Units 6, 7, 8 (7,500 hand piles) 0.5 mile south of Jamestown.
  • James Creek RFB Units 5, 12, 13 (10,000 hand piles) – Lefthand Canyon, 1 mile east of Gold Lake and 5 miles west of U.S. 36.
  • James Creek Units M3401, M3501, M3502, O3501, M3201, M3403 (500 hand piles, 100 machine piles) – 1 mile east of Gold Lake.

Smoke may be visible from Meeker Park, Sky View Estates, Lefthand Canyon and Jamestown.

Wind helps disperse smoke created during pile burning operations and snow helps keep the piles contained. Seeing flames and smoke, even after dark, is part of normal operations. This reduces fuels on the landscape under the safest conditions.

Conditions are evaluated each day to determine if ignition will take place. Ignitions are generally expected to begin after 10 a.m. and will cease several hours before sunset. Smoke may be visible. Precipitation, wind, temperature, fuel moisture, and staffing all play a part in when and whether ignition occurs. Firefighters monitor the area after burning is complete. Public and firefighter safety is always the number-one priority in burning operations.

If you know someone who would like to receive updates on pile burning activities on the Boulder Ranger District, have them send an e-mail to travis.a.mason-bushman@usda.gov and ask to be added to the Boulder Ranger District Prescribed Fire list.  

For a complete list of locations where pile burning will occur this season, as well as updated accomplishments and photos, visit our InciWeb page at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4648.



Xcel Energy Tungsten to Bobtail Natural Gas Project

Project Updates from Xcel 


During construction, Xcel will provide regular updates. You can also call their hotline at 
833-638-9614 or email at info@XcelEnergyTungstentoBobtailGasPipeline.com.

HWY 72 Project
CDOT is planning reconstruction of Hwy. 72 between Plainview Road (MM12.3) and Pinecliffe  The project is expected to run 195 days with completion sometime in 2020.  Construction will occur Monday through Friday from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.


TRAVEL IMPACTS

Construction will impact all motorized and non-motorized traffic. Travel restrictions are necessary through the entire work zone between Plainview Road, which is approximately 1.7 miles west of CO 93 in Jefferson County, and Pinecliffe in Boulder and Gilpin counties. At several locations, CO 72 will be reduced to a single-lane, with alternating traffic controlled by both automated signals and daily flagging operations. Bicyclists will not be allowed to travel through the work zone due to a limited road width under the single lane configuration and to prevent travel against the flow of traffic controlled by the temporary traffic signals. Uneven or gravel road surfaces may exist.

All traffic restriction schedules, updates, and lane closures will be posted on COTrip.org. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause, but this permanent repair project is critical to upgrading this section of the CO 72 corridor that is susceptible to floods. Additional project information is available at www.codot.gov/projects/floodrelatedprojects/co-72-coal-creek-canyon-1.




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