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Smoke will be seen from prescribed burns near Colorado Springs

September 29, 2016 Updated: September 29, 2016 at 9:19 pm
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Smoke will billow from areas of the Pikes Peak region this fall as crews from the U.S. Forest Service work to reduce excess wildfire fuels.

The prescribed burns could begin Friday near state Highway 67, about a half-mile north of Woodland Park, and near Trout Creek, roughly 8 miles north of Woodland Park, according to the U.S. Forest Service.

Crews from the Pike National Forest's Pikes Peak Ranger District will cover up to 500 acres in broadcast burning, which targets surface fuels and debris, the Forest Service said.

Residents can expect to see smoke in Woodland Park, along Highway 67 and Colorado Springs or Denver. The burning projects could last several days, with smoke lingering once the fires are extinguished.

Burning aims to reduce the amount of timber needles and leaves on trees and other vegetation, such as Ponderosa pine, aspen stands and mountain shrubs. Surface burning can also get rid of some grasses, woody debris and low-hanging branches that can become fuel for wildfires. The process also can improve health of pines and aspens by recycling nutrients back into the soil, the Forest Service said.

Prescribed burning efforts will continue through the fall.

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Contact Rachel Riley: 636-0108

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