Leadville News – September 16

Autumn Gold and Irish Green: A Leadville Saturday

St Patrick's Day Practice Parade 2018

The Mt. Massive Youth Pipe Band under the direction of Collin McFee entertains the crowds on historic Harrison Avenue at the St. Patrick’s Day Practice Parade in Leadville yesterday. It was a perfect autumn day and, as the bank clock indicates in the background, a wonderful 71 degrees. Slainte! Photo: Leadville Today/ Kathy Bedell.

Forest Service Plans Prescribed Burn in Twin Lakes

While they can never pinpoint an exact date due to weather and fuel conditions, the U.S. Forest Service (USFS), is planning a prescribed burn in the Flume Creek area at Twin Lakes sometime in the month of September.

This project area is located four miles southeast of Twin Lakes Village, on the southeast side of Twin Lakes Reservoir and covers approximately 120 acres.

Prescribed fire is an important tool in reducing the risk of catastrophic wildfire across the landscape and can help prevent extreme fires by reducing hazardous fuel buildup.  Prescribed fires also minimize impacts to air quality when compared to wildfires.  Prescribed fire smoke may affect your health. For more information see: www.colorado.gov/cdphe/wood-smoke-and-health .  Safety for the public and firefighters is the top priority when considering any prescribed fire operation on the landscape.

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Prescribed burns like this one on Basalt Mountain, are often conducted to reduce the forest’s fuel content. Photo courtesy Bruce Gordon/EcoFlight.

Weather and fuel conditions may affect the dates for ignition. Fire personnel will monitor conditions to determine if and when ignition should take place.  Once the burn begins, smoke will be visible for several days throughout the Arkansas River Valley and surrounding areas.

For up-to-date information about these prescribed burns, contact the Leadville Ranger District at 719-486-0749, or follow them  on Facebook and on Twitter: @PSICC_NF and #FlumeCreekRX .Forest Service job Fair.png

 

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