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Posted on: July 11, 2023

[ARCHIVED] Sand Springs Prescribed Fire Scheduled for July 12 - Smoke will be Visible

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Park County, CO - The US Forest Service (USFS), Pike-San Isabel National Forest and Cimarron and Comanche National Grasslands, South Platte Ranger District is moving forward with the Sand Springs prescribed fire on Wednesday, July 12th, 2023. Firefighters from the US Forest Service, in cooperation with North Fork and Elk Creek Fire Protection Districts, will be on scene to begin ignitions starting around 9:00 am. Click here to review the vicinity map.

According to USFS, “Abundant spring rains have contributed to higher than average live fuel moistures and low fire danger ratings. However, recent hot and dry conditions have sufficiently dried the fine dead fuels (i.e. needles, twigs, branches), which will be targeted for ignition, without allowing the fire to spread into the surrounding grasses and shrubs. These conditions will allow for maximum fire control.”

Smoke will be visible throughout the day from the surrounding communities of Conifer, Pine and Bailey. Smoke may linger in the area for several days after ignitions. Firefighters will remain on scene until the prescribe fire is declared out. 

Prescribed fire smoke may affect your health. For more information see:

For additional information, follow USFS on Twitter @PSICC_NF, #SouthPlatteRD #SandSpringsRX. You may also call the District Ranger at 303-275-5610 or email Sign up to be notified prior to implementation of prescribed fires on the South Platte Ranger District via email:


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