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Pawnee National Grassland RX Burn 2017

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Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests and Pawnee National Grassland
U.S. Forest Service
2150 Centre Avenue Building E
Fort Collins, CO 80526

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Firefirghters lighting prescribed fire on Pawnee National Grassland March 14, 2017. Controlled burns help improve wildlife habitat and reduce the risks posed by wildfires that burn under more extreme conditions.Image options: [ Full Size ]

·Burning of 785 acres was successfully completed on March 14, 2017.

The U.S. Forest Service is planning to burn approximately 785 acres on the east side of the Pawnee National Grassland this spring. Burning could begin as soon March 14 until the burn is complete if conditions allow. Burning is anticipated to take one day. Smoke may be visible from Highway 14 and nearby communities.

The area planned for burning is located in the Keota Allotment, approximately 1 mile southwest of Keota, Colo., approximately 1.5 miles north of Highway 14.

Burning on the grasslands improves wildlife habitat, particularly for the Mountain Plover, reduces the risk of wildfire, and helps reintroduce fire into the ecosystem. Ignition of the burn will only take place if soil moisture, weather, smoke dispersal and staffing are favorable. Approximately 16 to 22 firefighters are expected to work on the burn, including up to six engines. Crews will continue to monitor the burn area until the fire is completely out.

Prescribed fires on the Pawnee National Grassland will be announced on a recorded information line at 970-498-1030. The public can also call the grassland office weekdays at 970-834-9270 for additional information. If anyone would like to receive daily email notifications during the burn, please contact Reghan Cloudman at Prescribed fire smoke may affect your health. For more information see

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypePrescribed Fire
LocationPawnee National Grassland in Weld County

Current Situation

Size785 Acres



Burning completed for 2017

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