GREELEY, Colo. (AP) — The U.S. Forest Service is conducting a prescribed burn on less than one square mile of the Pawnee National Grassland in Weld County.
Firefighters completed a successful test burn Thursday morning and then went ahead with plans to burn about 550 acres near New Raymer, about 50 miles east of Greeley.
Firefighters beginning the ~550 acre prescribed burn on the Pawnee National Grassland. (corrected photo) pic.twitter.com/JPlL6faIBa— Forest Service, ARP (@usfsarp) March 12, 2015
Sixteen to 24 firefighters are expected to monitor the fire.
Forest Service officials say burning grasslands improves wildlife habitat and reduces the risk of wildfires.
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