Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests and Pawnee National Grassland
U.S. Forest Service
2150 Centre Avenue Building E
Fort Collins, CO 80526
The U.S. Forest Service is planning to burn approximately 1,145 acres on the east side of the Pawnee National Grassland in early spring near Keota. Burning could begin as soon as March 1 and continue through March until the burn is complete if conditions allow. Burning is anticipated to take one day. Smoke will likely be visible from Highway 14 and nearby communities.
Burning on the grasslands improves wildlife habitat, particularly for the Mountain Plover, reduces the risk of wildfire, and helps reintroduce low-intensity fire into the ecosystem. Ignition of the burn will only take place if soil moisture, weather, smoke dispersal and staffing are favorable.
Forest Service firefighters will staff the burn and have been coordinating with local fire departments. 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. If anyone would like to receive daily email notifications during the burn, please contact Reghan Cloudman at firstname.lastname@example.org. Prescribed fire smoke may affect your health. For more information see https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/cdphe/wood-smoke-and-health.
|Current as of|
|Incident Type||Prescribed Fire|
|Date of Origin||Sunday October 28th, 2018 approx. 10:00 AM|
|Location||Hot Sulphur Springs, Colo.|
|Incident Commander||Mark Mendonca|
|Incident Description||Goal Is To Burn Approximately 500 Acres In Fall 2018/spring 2019|
|Coordinates||40.041 latitude, -106.089 longitude|
Lodgepole, aspen, shrub
Fire managers are taking advantage of an ideal weather window to use prescribed fire under a controlled set of conditions to reduce the buildup of fuel in this area.
|Projected Incident Activity|
Sign up for updates at email@example.com. Burn notices are emailed 1-2 days prior to ignition.
Ideal conditions for implementation will include temperatures between 40-75 deg F; relative humidity 25-60%; wind speeds less than 10 mph, and precipitation in the short-term forecast.