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Prescribed burns could start this month

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EL PASO COUNTY -

Expect to see smoke in the air for the next few months in Woodland Park and other areas of El Paso and Teller Counties.

The Pike National Forest- Pikes Peak Ranger District is getting ready for prescribed burns in several places in both counties. They plan to burn piles of small tree tops and limbs that were cut and piled as part of fire mitigation efforts.

The trees were trimmed in recreational areas, reservoirs and private property. Pikes Peak Ranger District fuelwood permit holders were allowed to collect some of the logs for firewood.

The pile burn areas are located across the Pikes Peak Ranger District. Here is an explanation of where each site is located: 

  • The first area is on the northeast side of Pikes Peak along the Pike's Peak Highway and near the reservoirs.
  • The second area consists of several locations located north of Divide along County Road 51, along Forest Service Roads 357 and 364, and along the 717 trail between the Phantom Creek trailhead and Forest Service Road 355.
  • The third area is located near Raspberry Mountain along Forest Service Road 399. Several piles are located near the Crags trailhead resulting from an operation to remove hazardous trees (killed by spruce beetle).
  • A fourth area is located just off Painted Rocks Road (County Road 78).
  • The last one is a small area of handpiles located at the junction of Highway 67 and Forest Service Road 339.

The burns are expected to to start as early as October and last through the spring of 2018. There is no exact date for them to start.

All of the burns will take place on a weather permitting basis. Click here for more information about how the smoke from the burns may affect your health. 

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