Prescribed burn in Garfield County visible from I-70

Colorado News

GARFIELD COUNTY, Colo.– If you happen to spot smoke North of Interstate 70 in the Rifle area, there’s no need to be alarmed.

A prescribed burn is being conducted in Garfield County, and smoke is visible from the Roan Plateau west of Rifle, particularly on windy afternoons.

A spokesman for the Bureau of Land Management says the smoke is a result of smoldering in unburned vegetation, within the perimeter of the blaze.

Firefighters ignited the 600-acre burn in late September to improve big game habitat and promote new aspen growth.

Officials are assuring the public the fire is not expanding, and firefighters are on-scene to monitor the burn.

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