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Postponed: Prescribed Burn at Soapstone Prairie Natural Area

Released on Thursday, October 17, 2019
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The City of Fort Collins Natural Areas Department, in coordination with The Nature Conservancy, has postponed the prescribed fire at Soapstone Prairie Natural Area that was planned for the the week of October 21st. Updates will be posted at https://www.fcgov.com/naturalareas/status.php

The Natural Areas Department conducts prescribed burns to accomplish a variety of management goals. Depending on the site and the specific project, prescribed burning may be used to reduce weedy vegetation, improve plant community composition for habitat goals, or reduce the presence of hazardous fuels.

This season’s efforts will focus on improving habitat for grassland birds, black-tailed prairie dogs, and black-footed ferrets. Additionally, burning will help to diversify the grassland habitat promoting native grasses such as buffalo grass and blue grama which are adapted to fire and respond well to conditions created following a fire.

Smoke advisory signs will be posted along adjacent roads as needed. Officials will closely monitor smoke dispersal to avoid impacts to motorists and residents. To mitigate concerns, the Natural Areas Department will burn only under conditions that promote good smoke dispersal.

Prescribed fire smoke may affect your health. For more information see:

https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/cdphe/wood-smoke-and-health.

Concerns or questions regarding this burn can be directed to the Natural Areas Department at (970) 416-2815.