Colorado Wildfires

If you spot smoke on Fort Carson over the next month, it's probably a reason to smile.

The 135,000-acre installation is conducting prescribed burns over the next several weeks to rid training areas of dry grass that has been tinder for wildfires over the past year. Fires now, carefully managed, will avoid disasters next year.

From Los Angeles to the Canadian border, Colorado Springs airmen continue to battle wildfires that have blackened more than 2 million acres in the west in recent weeks.

Flying as many as seven missions a day, they have dropped retardant to slow advancing flames while dealing with roiling air and smoke so thick that it can ground their planes.

LAKE ELSINORE, Calif. • Aided by slightly lower temperatures, firefighters made steady progress Sunday in battling a wildfire that destroyed 1…