Controlled burns slated near Chatfield

Staff report
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Littleton Fire Rescue wants neighbors of Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield, 8500 W. Deer Creek Canyon Road, to be aware that firefighters will be conducting small controlled burns periodically throughout March.

Smoke might be visible in the area, near C-470 and Wadsworth Boulevard, during normal working hours.

"Sections of the restored prairie and wetlands are periodically burned to replicate the wildfires that lightning occasionally starts on the grasslands," reads a news release.

"These fires are a natural part of the plains ecology and help balance the diversity of plant species. The burn will aid in the germination and growth of different species, including wildflowers and native plants, while simultaneously helping to suppress the growth of invasive weeds."

Permits have been obtained from the fire department, and the burns will be performed on low-pollution days.