U.S. FOREST SERVICE TO BEGIN SPRING BURNING IN BACA AND LAS ANIMAS COUNTY

SPRINGFIELD, Colo., February 7, 2018 – The U.S. Forest Service, Comanche National Grassland, is planning seven prescribed fires in Baca County and one in Las Animas County.

The planned projects involve broadcast burning to enhance ecosystem health, improve Lesser Prairie Chicken  habitat and reduce hazardous fuel accumulations. Skilled fire crews will be on-scene to ignite and monitor the burns.

Locations in Baca County are 473 acres six miles SW of Campo; 584 acres eight miles WSW of Springfield; 277 acres twelve miles ESE of Campo; 631 acres six miles SE of Pritchett; 492 acres eight miles SE of Campo; 346 acres four miles SW of Campo; 562 acres fifteen miles S of Pritchett.  Location in Las Animas County is 1015 acres 10 miles W of Kim.

Ignition will take place when weather and fuel conditions are such that the fire behavior will be within the burn plan limitations and substantial smoke impacts are unlikely to surrounding communities.  Expect smoke to be visible from many locations during burning operations in the Baca County area. Smoke may linger after ignition is completed. For more information see: https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/cdphe/wood-smoke-and-health

For more information regarding this project, please contact Tom Eikenberry with the U.S. Forest Service – Comanche Ranger District at 719-523-6591.

Follow @PSICC_NF on Twitter for up-to-date information on this and other topics. Use #ComancheRDRx for information on the Comanche Ranger District prescribed fire program.

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