U.S. Forest Service to Begin Spring Burning in Morton County

ELKHART, Kan., March 7, 2019 – The U.S. Forest Service, Cimarron National Grassland, is preparing to conduct five prescribed fires in Morton County, Kansas. 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 conduct ignitions, ensure the burns meet objectives, and to monitor the burn after completion. Locations in Morton County are:

  • Three miles SE of Rolla                Rolla SE                         1349 acres
  • Five miles NW of Rolla                Lowe Crossing               495 acres
  • Seven miles NW of Rolla             Conestoga East               377 acres
  • Seven miles W of Elkhart             Steer                               910 acres
  • Ten miles E of Elkhart                  Thirty                              263 acres

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 affect 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 regarding these projects, please contact Tom “Ike” Eikenberry (Division Chief 6) with the U.S. Forest Service – Cimarron Ranger District at 719-523-6591.

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