Pawnee National Grassland prescribed burn planned for March

The U.S. Forest Service is planning to burn approximately 550 acres on the east side of the Pawnee National Grassland this spring. Burning could begin as soon as the first week of March and continue through March until the burn is complete as conditions allow. Smoke may be visible from Highway 14 and nearby communities.

The area planned for burning is located in the Simmons Allotment, northwest of New Raymer, approximately three miles north of Highway 14.

Burning on the grasslands improves wildlife habitat, particularly for the Mountain Plover, reducing 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. A minimum of 16 to 24 firefighters are expected to work on the burn, including three 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 970-346-5000 for additional information. If anyone would like to receive daily email notifications during the burn, please contact Reghan Cloudman at rcloudman@fs.fed.us.

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