The Pike National Forest and its surroundings offer a multitude of trails with breathtaking views. Visitors enjoy a variety of activities, including hiking, camping, fishing, mountain biking and horseback riding. Covering an area of over a million acres, the forest offers something for everyone, and its proximity to Denver makes it accessible.
Every day during the fire season, usually May through November, Farinacci-Silfies climbs the 143 steps of his watchtower to watch for signs of smoke, usually from campfires or lightning. Once she detects smoke, she determines the location of the fire using her Osborne Fire Detector, a measuring tool used to find the azimuth, or directional bearing, of the fire. remote, developed in 1911 by US Forest Service employee William Osborne. She then telephoned the dispatcher, who dispatched firefighters to intervene. Ashley spotted five fires last year, but hundreds more have burned down across the state.
The Front Range is prone to forest fires due to its dry climate. 2020 was the worst wildfire year on record, with nearly 700,000 acres burned. “Last year in the northern Front Range we saw a lot of wildfire activity, but it wasn’t as far south as we are here in the Rampart Range area,” Farinacci said. Silfies. “Lately this area has been largely untouched. While she has yet to spot any uncontrolled wildfires this season due to an unusually wet summer, she expects the wildfire season to pick up as the rain subsides.