2018 Pawnee Prescribed Fire (Prescribed Fire)
The U.S. Forest Service is planning to burn approximately 705 acres on the west side of the Pawnee National Grassland in early spring. Burning could begin as soon as February and continue through March until the burn is complete if conditions allow. Burning is anticipated to take one day. Smoke will likely be visible from Highway 14 and nearby communities. The area planned for burning is located in the Hawk and Murphy Grazing Allotments, approximately 2 miles west of Briggsdale, Colo., on the north side of Highway 14. Burning on the grasslands improves wildlife habitat, particularly for the Mountain Plover, reduces the risk of wildfire, and helps reintroduce low-intensity fire into the ecosystem. Ignition of the burn will only take place if soil moisture, weather, smoke dispersal and staffing are favorable. A minimum of 20 firefighters are expected to work on the burn, including up to six engines. Crews will continue to monitor the burn area until the fire is completely out.