Prescribed burns begin near power plant

March 12, 2013
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photo - A firefighter burns vegetation Wednesday in a ditch next to Interstate 25 on the Colorado Springs Utilities' Clear Springs Ranch. Photo by CHRISTIAN MURDOCK, THE GAZETTE
A firefighter burns vegetation Wednesday in a ditch next to Interstate 25 on the Colorado Springs Utilities' Clear Springs Ranch. Photo by CHRISTIAN MURDOCK, THE GAZETTE 

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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