Smoke seen in metro area from prescribed burn at Rocky Mountain Arsenal

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DENVER — Smoke can be seen across the metro area on Tuesday from a prescribed burn at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge.

The first of two units to burn began at 10 a.m. at 88th Avenue and Peoria Street.

Officials with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said the first unit burned 143 acres and was completed just before noon.

The second unit was scheduled to burn in the afternoon.

Heavy smoke could be seen across the metro area and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service engines were on the scene to keep the fire under control.

Prescribed burns are common at the arsenal.