Prescribed burn at Horsetooth Mountain Open Space on Oct. 4

Smoke means success at Horsetooth Mountain Open Space. Larimer County and partners are planning a prescribed burn on Oct. 4. The purpose of the prescribed burn is to improve forest health, increase understory plant diversity and return fire to a natural area that benefits from low-intensity fires.

The burn unit is limited to just 21 acres, a small area where the fire can be easily contained and fire effects can be monitored. For safety purposes, several trails will be closed during the day of the fire, including sections of the Towers Road Trail, Spring Creek Trail and Carey Springs Trail. Larimer County Rangers will be on hand to explain closures and signs will be posted where trails are closed.

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The burn area is located southwest of Towers Road, near the junction with Carey Springs Trail. The prescribed burn will take place only if weather and safety conditions allow, all necessary safety precautions will be taken. If weather conditions do not cooperate on Oct. 4, the burn will be rescheduled between Oct. 5-7.

The project is being implemented in cooperation with the Colorado State Forest Service, Southern Rockies Wildland Fire Module, Larimer County Department of Natural Resources, Nature Conservancy, Xcel Energy and the Larimer County Sheriff’s Office of Emergency Services.