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Carson to conduct prescribed burns

Fort Carson Public Affairs Office

FORT CARSON, Colo. — Prescribed burns will be conducted at Fort Carson training areas and Piñon Canyon Maneuver Site beginning Oct. 1, 2022, and continuing intermittently until Dec. 1, 2022.

The Directorates of Emergency Services and Public Works Conservation Branch prescribed burn program is critical in reducing the potential for wildland fires and will only be conducted if weather conditions are favorable.

The burns are accomplished to facilitate military training within maneuver and training areas. They are carefully planned and executed to reduce heavy vegetation that could potentially lead to, and fuel, wildland fires.

Smoke from these prescribed burns will most likely be visible along the Interstate 25 and Highway 115 corridors from Colorado Springs to Pueblo and along Highway 350 in Las Animas County.

Prescribed fire smoke may affect your health. Each burn is conducted with a focus on safety and the potential impact for off-site effects of smoke on public health and visibility. By combining favorable weather conditions with a variety of fire management techniques, Fort Carson officials work to keep smoke impacts to a minimum. For additional information regarding how to protect your health from wood smoke, refer to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment at www.colorado.gov/cdphe/wood-smoke-and-health.

Fort Carson continues to be supportive and understanding of concerns from the surrounding communities regarding air quality and the threat of wildland fires. The prescribed burn program continues the installation’s dedication to the preservation of the environment and wildland fire risk management in Colorado.

Community members who have questions are encouraged to call Fort Carson at 719-526-9849. We take every concern very seriously and strive to address each in a timely and thoughtful manner.

For more information contact the Fort Carson Public Affairs Office at 719-526-7525. After hours, contact the 24-hour Fort Carson Operations Center at 719-526-5500 and ask for the on-call public affairs officer.

Carson to conduct prescribed burns
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