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Contact: Kyle Patterson, (970) 586-1363
The reduction of hazardous fuels is a significant preventative management tool used in preparation for managing wildfire near structures and communities. As seen with the Fern Lake Fire, previous reduction of hazardous fuels aided firefighters in stopping the fire within the park when it made its more than 3 mile run on the morning of December 1, 2012. Ultimately, these projects are done to protect life and property and enhance the safety of firefighters and their ability to manage fire within the park.
Hazardous fuels reduction projects have begun in three strategic locations within Rocky Mountain National Park – along Trail Ridge Road from Mills Drive to Deer Junction; on the west aspect of Emerald Mountain along trails and power lines; and along the Wild Basin Road and adjacent power line. Work will include removing dead trees, the lower limbs of remaining trees, ladder fuels, dead and down logs, and the removal of select trees adjacent to infrastructure. Resulting woody materials will be piled on site and burned in the following winters or may be used for firewood permits depending on location.
For more information on Firewise standards visit www.firewise.org For more information about Rocky Mountain National Park please call the park's Information Office at (970) 586-1206.