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Crystal Fire:Burnout scheduled for Saturday


Fort Collins, CO –Firefighters are planning a burnout Saturday morning April 9 ahead of potentially changing weather.  The burnout will encompass approximately 20-25 acres and is at the north end of the fire; south of Deerpath Road and Larimer County Road 44H, west of County Road 27.  The operation will produce a significant amount of smoke in the area and residents should not call 911 unless they are sure of a new fire.

Firefighters are busy today working on preparation for the burnout performing tasks such as placing a control line where they want to stop the fire.

A burn out operation is a fire suppression tactic utilized to remove unburned fuel (grasses, leaves, needles, brush, etc.) located between an advancing fire and an established constructed fire line or natural barrier. Weather conditions, slope, the amount of accumulated fuels, time of day, resource availability, and firefighter safety are all considered prior to initiating a burn out operation.  The intent of a burn out operation is for the fire to slowly move from the established control line toward the advancing main fire to effectively remove the unburned fuel. This tactic widens the established control line, reduces the potential fire intensity and can make containment and control more successful for firefighters.

Evacuations –None.

Safety – Please limit all unnecessary traffic in the fire area.  If you do need to travel in the area please use caution.