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Prescribed burn planned northwest of Canon City in October

The Bureau of Land Management is preparing to conduct a prescribed burn of 107 acres in northern Fremont County sometime between early and mid-October.

The prescribed burn is scheduled to be conducted in the Deer Haven area approximately 15 miles northwest of Canon City, south of High Park Road, and west of County Road 69. The exact day of the burn has yet to be announced.

Smoke will be visible throughout the day of the burn, mostly during the hottest part of the day. The smoke may linger and accumulate in low-lying areas during cooler evening temperatures. Fire crews will be on site throughout the burn.

The burn aims to improve wildlife habitat and reduce accumulated hazardous fuel including ponderosa pine, Gambel oak, decadent grasses, and other ground fuel.

According to the release, the project will create a “mosaic of burned and unburned areas intended to reduce conifer encroachment in grass parks while improving forage for wildlife and domestic livestock.” Prescribed fires can also help the various stages of plant succession, critical to the health of fire-adapted ecosystems such as this one.

For more information about how prescribed smoke might affect your health, you can visit the Colorado Air Pollution Control Division’s website. For additional information, you can contact John Markalunas (719) 852-8160 at the BLM Rocky Mountain District-Front Range Fire and Aviation Management Unit.

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