Fire! Fire! But don't panic.

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Smoke makes us anxious. We have our reasons. - MATTHEW SCHNIPER
  • Matthew Schniper
  • Smoke makes us anxious. We have our reasons.

After witnessing the Waldo and Black Forest Fires, I get it.

You see a billow of smoke and you're overcome with panic. That's why I'm here to warn you: You're going to see smoke coming from the mountains in the next few days, probably starting tomorrow, but there's no need to start packing all your belongings or to call the authorities. Th U.S. Forest Service is planning a controlled burn in Teller and Douglas Counties, so they'll be aware of the blaze and monitoring it carefully.

Deep breath.

U.S. FOREST SERVICE TO BEGIN FALL BURNING NEAR WOODLAND PARK

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., October 22, 2014…The U.S. Forest Service, Pike National Forest-Pikes Peak Ranger District is planning a 550-acre prescribed burn in Teller and Douglas Counties. The project may begin as early as Friday, October 24, weather permitting and continue for two days.

Weather and wind conditions may affect the dates for ignition and fire personnel will determine if safe and effective ignition should take place.

The project involves broadcast burning to enhance forest health and reduce hazardous fuels near U.S. Forest Service and private land boundaries. Smoke will be visible during burning operations on the days of ignition and until fuels are consumed.

According to Pikes Peak Ranger Oscar Martinez, “Fire managers are taking precautions to ensure a safe and effective prescribed burn in the Woodland Park area. We realize this will create temporary impacts and appreciate your patience during this very necessary effort to clear the forest of heavy fuels. The last similar burn was done in 2009.”

For more information regarding these projects, please contact the U.S. Forest Service – Pikes Peak Ranger District Office, at 719-636-1602.

Follow us on Twitter @PSICC_NF. Use #TroutCreekRX for information during burning operations.

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