WHO: Coalition for the Upper South Platte (CUSP) is the project lead

WHAT: Members of CUSP’s certified wildland firefighter crew will be conducting pile burns on private property near Woodland Park over the next several months, weather permitting. Slash piles left over from wildfire mitigation projects will be burned to reduce the amount of fuels in the forest.

Please contact Jonathan Bruno (information below) if you would like to come to a burn site. Cell reception in many of these locations in unreliable, so communication during a pile burn is often not available. Pile burning typically starts at 10:00am, with ignitions completed by 2:00pm. All dates and schedules are dependent on weather. Pile burning sites are in areas not accessible by regular passenger vehicles. If you would like to join, you MUST coordinate directly with Jonathan Bruno, prior to the scheduled burn day. Because burning is dependent upon weather conditions, it is not uncommon for dates to be rescheduled, therefore, it is important for you to coordinate with CUSP staff.

According to the Colorado Air Quality Division, prescribed fire smoke may affect your health. For more  information  see­‐smoke-­‐and-­‐health


Weather permitting, pile burning will take place on a private property south of Woodland Park in the Ranch Estates area over the next several months.


As evidenced by recent, devastating wildfires, high-­‐intensity wildfire continues to pose a major threat along the Front Range, particularly in the wildland/urban interface (where development meets the forest). Proven wildfire mitigation techniques greatly reduce the risk of wildfire to lives and property. Fire is an essential and cost-effective forest health tool. Reducing leftover slash from forest mitigation projects through pile burning is an important part of reducing the amount of fuel available when a forest fire burns.


Coalition for the Upper South Platte Phone:   719-­‐748-­‐0033