U.S. Forest Service to begin spring burning in Morton County

Contact(s): Tom Eikenberry, 719-523-6591

USDA Forest Service

Rocky Mountain Region

Pike & San Isabel National Forests, Cimarron & Comanche National Grasslands

Cimarron National Grassland

242 Highway 56 East

Elkhart, KS  67950


ELKHART, Kans., February 07, 2018 – The U.S. Forest Service, Cimarron National Grassland, is planning five prescribed fires in Morton County. 

The planned projects involve broadcast burning to enhance ecosystem health, improve Lesser Prairie Chicken  habitat and reduce hazardous fuel accumulations. Skilled fire crews will be on-scene to ignite and monitor the burns.

Locations in Morton County are 1349 acres three miles SE of Rolla; 495 acres five miles NW of Rolla; 377 acres seven miles NW of Rolla; 910 acres seven miles W of Elkhart; 263 acres ten miles E of Elkhart.  

Ignition will take place when weather and fuel conditions are such that the fire behavior will be within the burn plan limitations and substantial smoke impacts are unlikely to surrounding communities.  Expect smoke to be visible from many locations during burning operations in the Morton County area. Smoke may linger after ignition is completed. For more information see: https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/cdphe/wood-smoke-and-health


For more information regarding this project, please contact Tom Eikenberry with the U.S. Forest Service – Cimarron Ranger District at 719-523-6591.

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