Fire crews from the U.S. Forest Service (USFS), San Isabel National Forests – San Carlos Ranger District will conduct hazardous fuels reduction work in strategic locations along Colorado Hwy 78 between Beulah and San Isabel in Pueblo County. Work is scheduled to begin this week.
The first phase of the “12 Mile Project” will involve the thinning of abundant overgrown fir trees. Crews will cut and pile the resulting slash to be burned during the fall or winter months.
“This is a high priority for the San Carlos Ranger District,” said San Carlos District Ranger Paul Crespin. “We are committed to landscape-scale treatments that help to protect our natural resources and neighboring communities.”
Mechanical and/or hand thinning treatments, combined with prescribed fire, are effective land management tools used to reduce the accumulation of hazardous fuels created by overgrown and dense vegetation. Minimizing hazardous fuels reduces fire intensity and the risk of catastrophic wildland fires. In turn, this diminishes the risk to firefighter and public safety. It also improves wildlife habitat and promotes and maintains a healthier ecosystem.
For more information contact Fire Management Specialist, Dennis Page at 719-269-8584.
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