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NEWS UPDATE: This photo was taken on Monday afternoon in Mesa Antero’s north boundary, where in some cases, the prescribed burn was some 20 feet from a residence:

Wildfire mitigation along the north border of Mesa Antero. Photo by JoAnne Allen.

The reverse 911 message arrived a day late for hundreds of homes in central Chaffee County, but at least it arrived.

On Monday, October 16, that call announced that beginning one day prior on October 15, the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) began a prescribed burn of the forest in the Browns Creek area, involving the area along CR 270 and Forest Service 271 from October 15 through October 17.

Expect to see smoke moving east and north along the Collegiate Peaks area today through tomorrow. The roads into the area are blocked as a public safety measure.

The USFS has made a point of these prescribed burns as a way to mitigate the risks of wildfire in the county.

Featured image: Prescribed burns, both on public and private lands protect against wildfires. Courtesy photo.