The U.S. Forest Service is planning to burn approximately 785 acres on the east side of the Pawnee National Grassland this spring. Burning will continue through March 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, approximately 1.5 miles north of Highway 14.
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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. Information on this prescribed fire is also available online at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5117/. 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.