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Prescribed Burns Scheduled to Improve Safety & Beauty of Greeley Natural Areas


The City of Greeley Culture, Parks and Recreation Department is partnering with Greeley Fire Department to perform prescribed burns at several sites this spring. The burns will be conducted during April and May in portions of McCloskey, Pumpkin Ridge, Fox Run, Mountain Vista, and Hunters Cove Natural Areas. Exact dates are tentative based on favorable weather conditions.

The prescribed burn program, started in 2016, improves the safety of the City’s natural areas and other sites through reduction of dry fuel loads. Burning also helps control weeds, reducing the need for chemical use in these areas.

Public safety is the number one priority when planning and conducting prescribed burns. Greeley firefighters, together with neighboring fire departments and other trained City staff, will be on site during the burns.

Although prescribed burns are important for weed management, staff training, and the prevention of uncontrolled fires, according to the State Health Department, smoke can have an adverse health affect. For information about protecting your health from smoke, visit .

For more information about the city’s prescribed burn program, contact Natural Lands Coordinator Karen Scopel at 970-339-2405 or by email at To learn more about Greeley’s Natural Areas, visit




Release Date:
Apr 13, 2018

For Immediate Release
For more information, contact:
Karen Scopel, Natural Lands Coordinator

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