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Trees near piles may be scorched by fire. Fire is a natural ecosystem service utilized as a tool in the restoration of many Colorado forest types, including those in Summit County. Some scorching may occur adjacent to the piles. Should a tree become engulfed and torch, the risk of escape is extremely unlikely:
(An example of a pile burning near trees)
There will be two Type 6 Wildland Fire Engines on site in support of this operation and adequate staffing for each shift of burning, which includes qualified Engine Bosses. Each engine is equipped with the minimum “National Unit Standard” of specific quantities of hose, fitting and accessory requirements, able to meet specific hoselay requirements. We also plan on supplying an additional 3000 feet of on-site hose. It is likely that burning operations will be conducted in below freezing conditions and will require 3” of snow.
(Hand-pile burning in a Northern Colorado spruce-fir forest)
It is every homeowner’s responsibility to be “Firewise” and ensure that all elements of their home are not prone to ember reception. Common receptors include shake shingle rooves and dirty, dry gutters.
It is common practice to manage multiple burning piles during a shift. In other words, one individual may ignite several piles and spend the remainder of their time during that shift dedicated to “chunking” (moving material on the periphery of the pile into the fire), monitoring and communicating progress of the area that they are managing. Each individual managing a given area is a qualified wildland firefighter integrated into an incident command system led by a qualified burn boss. Under this system of organization, firefighters can rapidly communicate and operate within the foundation of goals and objectives built into the prescribed fire burn plan.