Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests and Pawnee National Grassland

If you see some smoke to the west today, here's why:  U.S. Forest Service firefighters plan to burn slash piles starting as soon as today (Thursday) and may continue through Friday if conditions allow. Burning is planned for the Estes Valley and Big Thompson areas, located south and east of Estes Park.

Conditions are evaluated each day of the burn to determine if ignition will take place. Wind, fuel moisture, staffing and snow cover all play a factor in where and whether ignition occurs.

Check the recorded information lines at 970-498-1030 for the latest information.