U.S. Forest Service to Begin Spring Burning in Baca and Las Animas Counties

SPRINGFIELD, Colo., March 7, 2019 – The U.S. Forest Service, Comanche National Grassland, is preparing to conduct eight prescribed fires in Baca and Las Animas Counties, Colorado. 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. The seven locations in Baca County are:

  • Six miles SW of Campo                     Lyons Camp project             473 acres
  • Eight miles WSW of Springfield       Packstring project                 84 acres
  • Twelve miles ESE of Campo             Prairie Chicken project        277 acres
  • Six miles SE of Pritchett                    Shooting Range project       631 acres
  • Eight miles SE of Campo                   Sunflower project                492 acres
  • Four miles SW of Campo                   Deweese project                   346 acres
  • Fifteen miles S of Pritchett                 Galleta project                      562 acres

The Villegreen North project in Las Animas County is 10 miles west of Kim, totaling 1015 acres.

Ignitions 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 Baca 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 “Ike” Eikenberry (Division Chief 6) with the U.S. Forest Service – Comanche Ranger District at 719-523-6591.

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