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PitCo hazard plan shows wildfire likely

Jan 7, 2018

The U.S. Forest Service performs a prescribed burn near Avalanche Creek last spring. Pitkin County's updated hazard mitigation plan includes a focus on mitigating wildfire.
Credit Elizabeth Stewart-Severy/Aspen Public Radio News

Pitkin County has updated its plans to lessen the impacts of natural disasters, like floods and wildfires.

The plan identifies the risk of natural hazards and how to minimize their impacts. The county’s assessment shows that catastrophic wildfire is likely in the county and recommends mitigation work like removing dry trees and shrubs that could fuel such a fire.

Pitkin is the first Colorado county to consider how climate change could impact natural hazards. The wildfire season will likely be longer and more intense.

The county needs to update its plan every five years to remain eligible for federal assistance through FEMA. The public can comment on the draft plan through Jan. 22.