Firefighters conduct prescribed burn on Pawnee grassland

March 12, 2015
Photo: Pawnee National Grassland(Photo: Courtesy Flickr user Jeffrey Beall/Creative Commons)
Pawnee National Grassland is in northeastern Colorado near the Wyoming border.

Firefighters did a test burn Thursday morning and then went ahead with their plan to burn about 550 acres near New Raymer, about 50 miles east of Greeley.

Firefighters were mopping up the area Thursday afternoon and will monitor the burn until it is out.

Forest Service officials say burning grasslands improves wildlife habitat and reduces the risk of wildfires.