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Forest Service plans wildfire mitigation in Crystal River Valley

Feb 5, 2018

The U.S. Forest Service has a proposal for wildfire mitigation in the Crystal River Valley.
Credit Elizabeth Stewart-Severy / Aspen Public Radio

The U.S. Forest Service has released a proposal to mitigate wildfire hazards on nearly 300 acres of national forest land in the Crystal River Valley. The plan includes mechanical treatments, like hand-cutting vegetation, at five locations in the valley and using prescribed fire near Marble.

The Crystal River Valley is dotted with homes and subdivisions near fire-dependent landscapes. Jim Genung, fuels specialist with the Forest Service, said centuries of suppressing fire has meant many areas in the forest are more susceptible to large-scale wildfire.

The project is meant to mitigate risks to homes and utilities, including the Nettle Creek Water Treatment Facility.

 

The public can comment on the proposal through March 5.