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Don't worry, that big plume of smoke over northeast Denver is from a prescribed burn

Fear not, Denverites: It's a pre-planned burn that's leading to all of that smoke over Denver.

DENVER — Take a deep breath, Denver. 

The massive plume of smoke over northeast Denver on Monday is not from a wildfire or an out-of-control fire. Rather, all of that smoke is the product of a prescribed burn over the southeast side of the Rocky Mountain Arsenal.

According to the Arsenal's Twitter account, the burn began around 10 a.m. on Monday morning, and it's expected to continue through the rest of the day. 

They also asked residents not to call 911 to report the smoke. 

Favorable southerly winds meant that the prescribed burn was getting pulled away from homes and out over open land.

The prescribed burn follows a brief (actual) wildfire that sparked early on Monday morning on South Table Mountain in Golden, though the cause of the fire is unknown. 

The South Table Mountain wildfire was 100% contained as of 6:30 a.m. Monday morning, after starting just a few hours prior.

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