Vail hires wildland program administrator
VAIL — Vail Fire Chief Mark Miller has announced the hiring of Paul Cada to fill the newly created position of wildland program administrator. Cada will be overseeing the operations of the wildland fire crew as well as assisting community members with wildland fire mitigation activities. Cada comes to Vail from the Colorado State Forest Service where he spent the past eight years as an assistant district forester for the Granby district covering Grand, Summit and Eagle counties. Miller says Cada brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in fire mitigation and general forestry and is a great addition to the town staff.
Cada’s community outreach activities currently include promotion of two free services offered by the wildland fire crew. The free curbside chipping service is available until Oct. 31 to coincide with the last day for Vail’s seasonal wildland fire crew. The chipping service is available Monday through Friday for trunks, limbs and slash up to 24 inches in diameter. Additionally, property owners are encouraged to contact the wildland crew to schedule a free, no obligation Firewise consultation of their home and property. Firewise consultations are available year-round. To schedule either a curbside slash pickup or Firewise consultation, call 970-477-3509.
The two services are offered as an incentive for property owners to remove dead trees and create defensible space around their homes. Tree removal permits are required before removing any tree, living or dead, within the town of Vail. Tree removal permits are available through the Community Development, call 970-479-2138.
Vail’s six-person seasonal wildland mitigation crew has been on the job since May assisting with tree cutting, piling, chipping, Firewise assessments and fire suppression efforts. Crews are also preparing to burn the accumulated slash piles as weather permits this fall and winter. This is the eighth year the town has funded the wildland mitigation crew.
Of additional benefit to homeowners is the Vail Wildfire Risk Assessment map. The primary purpose of the map is educational, in helping homeowners to understand the wildfire risk of their particular property and learning what they can do to mitigate their risk. It can be accessed at http://maps.vailgov.com/wildfirerisk/.
For more information, call Miller at 970-477-3474 or Cada at 970-477-3475.