Controlled burns set for Estes Park, Loveland areas this week

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Sun/Smoke (Centennial)

DENVER — Forestry officials are taking advantage of recent snowfall to burn slash piles in Northern Colorado this week.

Residents can expect to see smoke around Hermit Park and the Big Elk Meadows subdivision in the next several days. Depending on conditions, controlled burns could continue in the woods between Estes Park and Loveland for the rest of the week, Larimer County officials said.

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.

If in doubt, call the Canyon Lakes Ranger Station at 970-498-1030 to check if smoke in the area may be from a controlled burn.