Smoke may be visible soon near Steamboat, as firefighters will be burning the remaining slash piles on Emerald Mountain over the coming weeks. The burns could start this week, if weather and ground conditions allow. Once started, the burn process is expected to continue for several days in the Stairway to Heaven trail area. The public is asked to avoid this area during the burn operation. This will conclude the disposal of remaining slash piles that were built during the Emerald Mountain tree removal project. For additional information, call 879-7170.