Prescribed burn planned at Rocky Mountain Arsenal – Brighton Standard-Blade

Weather permitting, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) will conduct prescribed burning activities on Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge beginning October 10.

FWS plans to burn up to 2,064 acres over two weeks. The burns will be conducted between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Smoke will be visible for several miles from the perimeter of the refuge and people in the area may smell smoke.

The purpose of the burns is to reinvigorate the growth of native prairie vegetation, reduce accumulated litter, manage efforts for weed control and improve habitat to sustain wildlife. By reducing fuels, prescribed burns are also an important tool land managers use to reduce the risk of wildfire in the Wildland Urban Interface.

Interagency fire crews from FWS, other federal agencies and local fire departments will be participating in the prescribed burns. Safety is the number one priority and every burn is carefully planned to ensure safety of the surrounding community, the public and the firefighters.

Prescribed fire smoke may affect your health. For more information please visit https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/cdphe/wood-smoke-and-health.