Crews from the U.S. Forest Service have scheduled pile burns for Thursday, Feb. 23 as conditions permit. The operations will take place south of Sequoia Drive in West Vail. The piles were built as part of the ongoing Vail Intermountain Fuels Reduction Project which is a partnership between the U.S. Forest Service, Town of Vail and Eagle County.
Pile burning is dependent on environmental conditions that allow smoke to rise and disperse rather than settling onto the highway and into residential areas. In most cases, burning will only occur when there is adequate snow cover to minimize risks. Smoke and flames may be visible from various points along Interstate 70 and some smoke may settle into lower elevations in the evening hours.
For additional information, contact Paul Cada, Vail Fire wildland program administrator, at 970-477-3475.