Mar 23, 2012 4:26 PM by Greg Boyce
Forest service workers plan to burn about 1,500 acres northwest of Woodland Park over the next several months.
The fires may happen anytime, but only when weather conditions are favorable. Burning may last from one day to several days, with smoke visible in the Woodland Park area and from Highway 67. About 400 acres will be burned at one time.
Most of the timber in the area has been thinned by commercial projects and hazard fuels reduction crews and the slash piles from these treatments have already been burned. Surface burning of the area is the final step in the process and is designed to reduce the amount of timber, needles and small diameter woody debris. Fire managers expect the burns to improved soil nutrients and help grass and shrubs to re-sprout for wildlife habitat.