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Seeing smoke in the Denver metro area? There's a prescribed burn near Green Mountain

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Posted at 12:33 PM, Jun 05, 2024

DENVER — If you see smoke across the Denver metro area Wednesday, don’t be alarmed – it’s a prescribed burn near Green Mountain.

The fire is planned to burn up to 536 acres of National Forest System lands in the Green Mountain – Little Scraggy area of Jefferson County, the South Platte Ranger District with the United States Forest Service for the Pike-San Isabel National Forests announced last week.

A crew from West Metro Fire Rescue also said it would be helping with the prescribed burn Wednesday morning.

"Prescribed fire reduces woody debris, small trees, and shrubs on the forest floor. Removing these hazardous fuels decreases the risk of extreme wildland fires," the USFS South Platte Ranger District said.

The USFS expected smoke to be visible along Highway 26 Wednesday, and even said it could be visible for days to weeks.

"Please do not call 911 since a prescribed burn is not an emergency. The area will be monitored and patrolled to ensure fires are completely out," the USFS South Platte Ranger District said.

Wildfire smoke can cause problems for some people's health. Anyone with concerns can check the air quality in their area here. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment also offers recommendations to reduce the effects of wildfire smoke here.

Anyone with further questions about the prescribed burn can call the South Platte Ranger District at 303-275-5610 or e-mail brian.banks@usda.gov.

Prescribed burn near Green Mountain happening Wednesday


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