Burn Pit




For the convenience of Indian Mountain property owners, and to encourage owners to clean up forest slash and reduce the danger of wildfires, IMMD sponsors the burn pit located off Elkhorn Road.

This year, the burn pit will be open on Fridays and Saturdays, from 9 am to 5 pm, beginning June 5 – SUBJECT TO THE AVAILABILITY OF VOLUNTEERS TO MAN THE GATE (see below).

  • All IM property owners are eligible to dispose of their slash at no cost. You can bring as many loads as you wish, up until the pit is full and closed for the season.

  • ONLY slash (downed trees and branches, leaves, etc.) are allowed – no lumber or construction waste of any kind, or anything containing nails or wire. This is to protect the tires of vehicles going into the pit.

  • We will not accept any slash from commercial operations. The pit is for the use of private property owners.

  • On your first visit to the pit, you will need to complete a burn pit permit application and verify your identity (e.g. by showing your driver’s license). You will be issued a permit, and on subsequent visits will only need to show that permit to the volunteer manning the gate.

  • Any time the pit is open, community volunteers will be manning the gate. They will mark down the number of loads you bring, strictly for reporting purposes. We do not track loads by property owner name or address.

  • Locations for piles in the pit will be clearly marked, and the volunteers at the gate will instruct you where to unload your slash. Make the piles high and tight!

  • NOTE: NO GREEN LOGS ALLOWED! Last fall’s storms brought down many large trees. Wet, green logs cut from these trees will not burn effectively, so we ask that you cut and stack your logs and let them cure until next year. Another option is to offer firewood to your neighbors – someone might be happy to come remove them for you.

  • Please help us protect vulnerable members of our community by observing recommended COVID-19 precautions: maintain social distancing, wear masks, avoid gathering in groups, etc.

Volunteers Needed! The burn pit can only be open to receive slash if we have volunteers to man the gate, issue permits, count loads, and direct unloading. There are two shifts per day (9am-1pm and 1pm-5pm); two volunteers are required per shift. No experience needed – we will provide everything you need in terms of instructions, forms, etc. Since last season we have even installed a shelter where you can get out of the sun, wind, rain, cold, and graupel (you know, the usual!). Please click on the link below and choose from available dates to schedule your shifts.


We're using SignUp.com to organize our Burn Pit Volunteer Monitor SignUps.
Here's how it works in 3 easy steps:
1. Click this link to go to our invitation page on SignUp.com: https://signup.com/go/yCCpNsy
2. Enter your email address: (You will NOT need to register an account on SignUp.com)
3. Sign up! Choose your shifts - SignUp.com will send you an automated confirmation and reminders. Easy!

Note: SignUp.com does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact me and I can sign you up manually.


Be sure to keep your confirmation email in case you need to change or cancel your shift. You will be able to click on the link to go back in and make adjustments.


Dwight Cates
Burn Pit Coordinator

Updated 5/22/2020

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