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Prescribed burn planned near Monument in June

(MONUMENT, Colo.) – The Pike-San Isabel National Forests and Cimarron and Comanche National Grasslands Pikes Peak Ranger District will conduct a prescribed burn near Monument in June.

The fire will be about a mile west of Monument. The ignitions are weather dependent and are expected to occur over three days at Memorial Grove, Monument Rock and the Mount Herman trailhead.

This project aims to reduce surface fuels and restore ecosystem health on up to 1,000 hectares. The burns are intended to reduce the amount of pine needles, leaves, small branches and oak brush, as well as wood waste left over from earlier phases of the project in March.

Lowland ponderosa pine ecosystems like those in Monument are estimated to burn every ten years. Prescribed fire helps mimic the natural fire regime and reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfires.

Once the fire starts, smoke may be present in the general project area for several days or weeks. Inhaling wood smoke can affect a person’s health depending on what is in the smoke and how long they are exposed. Some symptoms include irritation, difficulty breathing, and worsening asthma.

More updates on the prescribed fire will be available on Facebook and X at @PSICC_NF.

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