PIKE NATIONAL FOREST (CBS4) – The U.S. Forest Service conducted a prescribed burn Tuesday in the Pike National Forest that could be seen from miles away.
The Trout Creek prescribed burn took place seven miles north of Woodland Park. Smoke was seen from Teller, Douglas, Jefferson, and El Paso counties.READ MORE: COVID In Colorado: Appearance Of Brazilian Variant Making State's Medical Community 'A Little Bit Jittery'
The plan is to burn 800 acres of the Trout Creek area.READ MORE: Drug Lab Inside Denver Homeless Camp Causes Explosion, City Finds 30 Propane Tanks
The Forest Service said prescribed burns have numerous benefits, including to help reduce hazardous fuels and therefore extreme fires, minimize the spread of pest insects and disease, remove unwanted species that threaten the native ecosystem, provide forage for game, improve habitat for threatened and endangered species, recycle nutrients, and promote growth of trees and other plants.MORE NEWS: Fund Set Up For Brad Brubaker's Family, Victim In Denver Highlands Crash
The ignited fire was a low intensity one to help regenerate the forest.