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Prescribed burn taking place Monday through Wednesday with visible smoke

Posted at 9:41 AM, Sep 25, 2023

EL PASO COUNTY — Smoke is expected to be visible in El Paso County due to a prescribed burn by the U.S. Forest Service and the El Paso County Wildland Fire Group taking place Monday through Wednesday.

This will be taking place in the Ensign Gulch near Rampart Range Road and Forest Service Road 314. It will cover nearly 400 acres and is intended to reduce forest fire fuel, according to the El Paso County Sheriff's Office (ECSO).

Other counties that can expect visible smoke include Teller County, Pueblo County, Fremont County, Park County, and Douglas County.

The ECSO is asking the public to not call 911 if smoke is visible unless there are other indicators of fire visible like "active unsupervised flames."

CONTROLLED BURN
The test burn from the prescribed burn taking place Monday through Wednesday.

The Sheriff's Office is also asking the public to expect delays and avoid travel in the area if possible.

As of 4:30 p.m. Monday, the United States Forest Service said ignitions have ceased for the day. Crews remained on scene overnight, patrolling. The forest service said that a total of 238 acres were burned Monday.

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