A prescribed burn will occur today, conducted by trained firefighters in accordance with Larimer County Burn Permit Regulations at Horsetooth Mountain Park west of Fort Collins.
The smoke from the slash pile burn will be visible in Fort Collins, Loveland and along the Northern Front Range; however, citizens are being asked not to call 911. According to a press release, citizens are assured that the piles will be burned where there is at least 3 inches of snow on the ground.
The pile burns are part of an ongoing wildfire mitigation and forest health project in the Horsetooth Mountain Park Forest Management Project, according to a release. The purpose of this project is to reduce fuel loading to prevent large, damaging fires, to remove trees damaged by disease and to restore the area to more natural conditions.
The Horsetooth Mountain Park Forest Management Project has been going on since the fall of 2001. Currently, approximately 60 acres along the south park boundary has been treated, according to the release.
Anyone with questions or concerns are asked to call Mark Caughlan at (970) 498-5600.