Prescribed Burning Planned at Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge
For Immediate Release
October 29, 2015
COMMERCE CITY, Colo-Weather permitting, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) will be conducting prescribed burning activities on the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge on Friday, October 30th. The Service successfully burned 209 acres in three units on October 8th. Plans for tomorrow are to burn up to 671 acres. The burns 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 burns 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 burns. Safety is our number one priority and every burn is carefully planned to insure the safety of the surrounding community, the public and the firefighters.
The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with others to conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, plants, and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. We are both a leader and trusted partner in fish and wildlife conservation, known for our scientific excellence, stewardship of lands and natural resources, dedicated professionals, and commitment to public service.
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