Office of External Affairs
Mountain-Prairie Region


U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Mountain-Prairie Region
134 Union Boulevard
Lakewood, Colorado 80228

For Immediate Release

March 29, 2013

Contact: Leith Edgar, 303-236-4588;


Prescribed Burning Planned at Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge


Prescribed Fire. Credit: USFWS
Prescribed Fire. Credit: USFWS

DENVER-The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) will be conducting a 780 acre prescribed burn on the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge on Monday, April 1.

The burn will be conducted between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Smoke will be visible for several miles from the perimeter of the Refuge and people in the area may smell smoke. The purpose of the burn is to reinvigorate the growth of native prairie vegetation, reduce accumulated litter, manage efforts for weed control and improve habitat to sustain wildlife.

Prescribed burns are also an important tool land managers use to reduce the risk of wildfire in the Wildland Urban Interface (WUI).

Interagency fire crews from the Service, local fire departments and other federal agencies will be participating in the prescribed burn. Safety is our number one priority and every burn is carefully planned to ensure the safety of the surrounding community, the public and the firefighters.

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