Tuesday, December 21, 2010

UPDATE: Smokin'

Posted By on Tue, Dec 21, 2010 at 5:30 PM

Well folks, looks like the snow and nasty weather has postponed the burn at Quail Lake that was planned for today.

Too bad. I can't think of a better time for a nice, cozy fire.

Anyways, another date will be set for the burn.

——- ORIGINAL POST, 5:30 p.m., TUESDAY——-
Where there's smoke, there's fire. But that's not necessarily a bad thing.

The city is planning a prescribed burn Wednesday at Quail. So if you see the smoke, no need to freak out (unless of course Wednesday is as windy as Monday, in which case, go ahead and scream).

Here are the details:

Prescribed Burn at Quail Lake Park to take place Wednesday

The Colorado Springs Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services Department and Colorado Springs Fire Department will implement a three-acre prescribed burn at Quail Lake Park on the City’s southwest side on Wednesday, December 22 at approximately 9 a.m. The prescribed burn is intended to clear dead vegetation from around the outlet of the dam, improve habitat by regenerating new plant growth and remove noxious weeds. The Colorado Springs Fire Department will administer the burn and monitor fire behavior.
The burn has been planned for months and Wednesday’s weather provides the perfect opportunity to get the job done. Surrounding neighbors have been notified.
“Fire has always played a natural role in our ecosystems. It is an important tool in managing our resources,” said Paul Smith, City Forester for the City of Colorado Springs. “We recognize that fire is an important tool for land management in certain circumstances.”
All efforts will be made to minimize the impact of smoke on surrounding homes and businesses, but the Colorado Springs Fire Department wants to remind folks that there will be smoke in the air.
“We have a burn plan in place which not only addresses the burn operations and safety, but includes a smoke management plan as well,” said Battalion Chief James Schanel who will administer the prescribed burn.
For further information please contact Paul Smith, City Forester at 385-5940 (office), 243-7627 (cell), or at psmith@springsgov.com.

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