COLORADO – Fire managers want everyone to know they’ll likely see smoke from slash burning projects on the north side of Pikes Peak and in the San Isabel area.
The efforts going on all winter long clear out downed trees and debris to reduce the amount of fuel for possible wildfires in warmer parts of the year. As snow is still on the ground in the areas where burning is taking place there is less danger from these controlled burns.
People in Woodland Park and Colorado Springs will see smoke from the efforts in the Cascade area and on Pikes Peak.
People in Rye will see smoke from the fires near San Isabel to the northwest. In that area alone there are an estimated 20,000 slash piles to take care of this winter.
Burning will also take place in Maysville, which is east of Poncha Springs. However, burns scheduled for the South Park District today were cancelled.
It’s a go on the #12MileRx for today. Smoke from these piles can often be seen from long distances such as Pueblo and Penrose. Crews will be on site until the fires die down. #SanCarlosRd pic.twitter.com/twQd5qSDh5
— USFS_Pike&San Isabel (@PSICC_NF) November 29, 2018