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Gazette Premium Content Prescribed burns begin near power plant

Staff reports Updated: March 12, 2013 at 12:00 am

Motorists on Interstate 25 through Friday who see smoke just south of Colorado Springs do not need to be alarmed.

The smoke is coming from prescribed burns by the Colorado Springs Utilities Wildland Fire team at its Clear Spring Ranch property. The property is between the Ray Nixon Power Plant and Pikes Peak International Speedway, according to the utility.

The burns, which started Wednesday, will increase water flow and reduce wildfire possibilities by clearing excess brush and vegetation from irrigation ditches.

They are done “in short bursts,” said Utilities spokesman Steve Berry. “People may see a bit of smoke.”

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