by Pam Zubeck
Fort Carson will be setting fire, "effectively immediately," to wildland areas on the post on areas from 1,000 to 4,000 acres in size.
These are prescribed burns and will be undertaken during appropriate weather conditions, the post says.
These carefully planned and executed fires reduce heavy vegetation in
training areas that could provide potential fire fuel on Fort Carson and at
Piñon Canyon Maneuver Site in southeastern Colorado. The prescribed burn
program will serve to facilitate military training and improve the
environmental condition of installation lands while promoting natural
The prescribed fires are conducted in accordance with permits issued by the
Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. The installation also
works with local air quality authorities and emergency managers on smoke
management. Each burn is conducted with a focus on the potential impact for
off-site effects of smoke on public health, safety and visibility impacts.
The prescribed burn program could continue into December or until wet
weather stops the operation.