A 475-acre prescribed burn at the Alamosa Wildlife Refuge on Thursday drew onlookers from across the area, as a large smoke plume was visible for hours. A U.S. Fish and Wildlife official on scene said the burn was being performed by the San Luis Valley Fire Interagency involving his department, the Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Forest Service, with 23 people on scene. The burn area, west of the main road leading to the refuge headquarters, consists of wetlands and hadnít been burned off in 18 years. Fire is used to improve such habitat for waterfowl. Contact the Alamosa Refuge at 589-4021 with questions.
Courier photosby Keith R. Cerny and Rudy Herndon