Colorado State Forest Service

Marci Krivonen

Wildfire season is well underway in the West, as crews battle destructive blazes in California. Rain clouds and even snow have been more common in the Roaring Fork Valley this spring, but wildfire officials say right now is the time to prepare. The Town of Basalt is holding a Wildfire Preparedness Workshop on Wednesday. One of the presenters is Assistant District Forester Kamie Long, with the Colorado State Forest Service.

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     Insects and disease continue to assault forests across Colorado  The biggest growing threat is a beetle that's attacking high altitude trees. In the Roaring Fork Valley, the danger for private landowners comes from an insect that's been ravaging the state for much longer. It attacks lodgepole pines. That’s according to a new report by the Colorado Forest Service. To learn more, Aspen Public Radio's Elise Thatcher spoke with Colorado Forest Service Ranger Kelly Rogers. 

 

 Fire season has already started in Colorado with the so-called Blue Bell fire igniting near Denver this week. Closer to home, fire officials are holding meetings in local communities to get people prepared. In an effort to educate people statewide, Colorado State University has unveiled a new website that pinpoints fire risk throughout the state. As Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen reports the website allows the user to type in their address to see how susceptible their home is to wildfire.