10-day-old slash pile burn reignites in North Routt County
April 24, 2012
Steamboat Springs — North Routt Fire Protection District crews responded to a slash pile burn that reignited Tuesday after being extinguished nearly 10 days ago, before fire restrictions went into effect in Routt County.
North Routt Fire Chief Bob Reilley said crews were working to extinguish the slash pile, which was located on Aspen Way near Clark.
He said the property owner extinguished the slash pile April 15. Fire restrictions went into effect April 18.
The property owner went to bulldoze a portion of the slash pile Tuesday when a pocket of heat reignited some unburned aspen wood, Reilley said.
"It's probably a combination of everything," he said about why the pile reignited. "We had low humidity and some gusty winds."
The fire didn't spread because the ground around the slash pile had been bulldozed, but Reilley said crews would make sure the fire was out before leaving the site because of the high fire danger.
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Under current fire restrictions, agricultural burns are prohibited.
Campfires also are prohibited except in designated areas. Smoking is banned except within an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site or while stopped in an area of at least 3 feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable material. There also are restrictions on operating chain saws and welding.