Winter Pile Burning Highlights: Snow Tips, Outreach and a Surprise

 Aztec Springs pile burn, January 2017. Photo: Esmé Cadiente

Aztec Springs pile burn, January 2017. Photo: Esmé Cadiente

Author: Allison Jolley

Because FAC Net is a national network, “winter” means different things for different members. Before moving to the Bay Area, I lived near Lassen Volcanic National Park, a California winter wonderland where 20-40 feet of snow and frequent blizzard and avalanche conditions result in little mitigation activity during most winters. In other areas, like Southern California, winters are often too warm for controlled burning. And then there are places like the foothills of the Rockies, where winter may present ideal burning conditions, or involve wildfires such as those recently seen in Boulder, Colorado.

Many of our members, however, live in places where winter is a great time for pile burning due to lessened wildfire risk and air quality-induced restrictions. A few such members shared some of their recent pile burning accomplishments, stories and tips. Read more...