Burn operation Sunday puts up smoke along Highway 24 corridor

Published: Jan. 22, 2023 at 12:00 PM MST|Updated: Jan. 23, 2023 at 5:17 AM MST
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WOODLAND PARK, Colo. (KKTV) - Smoke was visible along the Highway 24 corridor Sunday as the U.S. Forest Service conducted burn operations east of Woodland Park.

Just before 1 p.m. Sunday., the Forest Service tweeted it had successfully burned 50 piles within 15 acres in the Carroll Lakes Recreational Area.

“Since smoke may still be visible firefighters will continue to patrol and monitor the area,” it said.

Earlier Sunday, USFS said smoke could be visible along the Highway 24 corridor, from Colorado Springs all the way to Divide.

The area where the operation is taking place is roughly between Woodland Park and the Air Force Academy when viewed on a map.

The controlled burns are intended to improve forest health.

USFS has not said if it’ll be doing any more burn operations in the area Monday.