Controlled cattail burn will happen on Wednesday – or not

February 24, 2015

controlled burn, Silt

Partial view of wetlands in downtown Silt between Kum & Go and Inter-Mountain storage units.

Partial view of wetlands in downtown Silt between Kum & Go and Inter-Mountain storage units.

According to the update at Monday’s SiltBOTs meeting, the controlled cattail burn will happen on Wednesday, February 25.

From noon to 4:00 p.m., one lane of I-70 westbound will be shut down and Hwy 6 (Main Street) will also be closed.

Firefighters from Colorado River Fire Rescue will start a test burn at noon Tuesday (today) and if it burns they will go through with their plans — “weather permitting.”

The representatives from Colorado River Fire Rescue stressed that they have thought of everything that could go wrong but they can’t guarantee anything and they don’t want to be held liable.

Controlling the smoke is the biggest concern and they anticipate a lot of black smoke that has a tendency to create fire tornadoes.

According to CRFR reps at the meeting Colorado Parks & Wildlife prefers that they burn the cattails within the next couple of weeks so that it is done before blackbird nesting season in the middle of March. Apparently they want to make sure that there are no places for the blackbirds to nest.

The Town of Silt and CRFR have not consulted the Army Corps of Engineers or the Public Health Department.

If you have any questions or concerns call the Town of Silt — 970-876-2353
Ext. 104 — Pamela Woods, Town Administrator/Treasurer
Ext. 111 — Levy Burris, Chief of Police
Ext. 106 — Gerry Pace, Public Works Director

There’s not enough time to file a petition for an injunction. If you live in Silt and you are impacted, if you have to evacuate because of health and safety concerns be sure to save receipts for any expenses you incur. There’s always the possibility of filing a citizens lawsuit for damages after the burn occurs.

Here is a 3-minute video of a fire tornadoes — or “fire-nadoes” — at Cheyenne Bottoms Wildlife are in Kansas.


For more video and photos of controlled cattail burns please see Insanity in Silt.

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