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2019 Pawnee Prescribed Fire

Unit Information

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

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Map showing land ownership on the Pawnee National Grassland and the boundary of the prescribed burn.Image options: [ Full Size ]

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 Prescribed fire smoke may affect your health. For more information see

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypePrescribed Fire
LocationApproximately one mile southeast of Keota, Colo.
Incident CommanderUSDA Forest Service
Coordinates40.691 latitude, -104.047 longitude

Current Situation

Size1,145 Acres
Fuels Involved

Shortgrass prairie


Planned Actions

Burning could begin as soon as March 1, 2019

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