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Fort Carson to conduct prescribed burns

 

Last updated 2/16/2022 at 12:09pm

Courtesy of Fort Carson

Prescribed burns will be conducted on Fort Carson training areas and Pinon Canyon Maneuver Site by the Directorates of Emergency Services and Directorate of Public Works Conservation Branch beginning the week of Feb. 20 and continuing intermittently until April 15.

The installation prescribed burn program is critical in reducing the potential for wildland fires and will only be conducted if weather conditions are favorable, officials say. The burns are accomplished to facilitate military training within maneuver and training areas.

"They are carefully planned and executed to reduce heavy vegetation that could potentially lead to and fuel wildland fires," a spokesperson said.

Smoke from these prescribed burns will most likely be visible along the I-25 and Hwy. 115 corridors from Colorado Springs to Pueblo or along Hwy. 350 in Las Animas County.

Because fire smoke may affect residents' health, each burn is conducted with a focus on safety and the potential impact for off-site effects of smoke on public health and visibility. By combining favorable weather conditions with a variety of fire management techniques, Fort Carson officials work to keep smoke impacts to a minimum. For additional information regarding how to protect your health from wood smoke, refer to: http://www.colorado.gov/cdphe/wood-smoke-and-health.

Fort Carson continues to be supportive and understanding to the concerns of the surrounding community regarding air quality and the threat of wildland fires. The prescribed burn program continues the installation's dedication to the preservation of the environment and wildland fire risk management in Colorado.

Concerned community members are encouraged to call Fort Carson at (719) 526-9849.

"We take every concern very seriously and strive to address each in a timely and thoughtful manner," a spokesperson said.

 

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