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.