Controlled burn to take place near Booth Creek |

Controlled burn to take place near Booth Creek

Daily Staff Writer

VAIL – Crews plan to take advantage of low fire danger and favorable burning conditions to burn aspen piles in the Booth Creek area of Vail starting this week. The piles were cut and stacked over the summer to reduce fuels in the area and create “defensible space” close to homes. The piles are located between Pitkin and Booth creeks.While there are about 300 piles in the area, officials don’t expect much smoke.”Aspen usually produce minimal smoke so that shouldn’t be a problem,” said U.S. Forest Service Fuels Management Specialist Phil Bowden. In addition to burning old fuel in the area, Bowden said the cleanup effort might also help new aspen growth.The controlled burning near Vail is part of a larger project intended decrease fuels in the “wildland urban interface” – the area between public lands and populated areas – and improve bighorn sheep habitat by reducing dead and downed brush and trees, allowing sheep to move around more easily.Creating defensible space around homes and residences can slow the spread of fire and reduce its intensity, allowing firefighters time better defend structures when wildland fires approach.Residents with health problems that may be aggravated by smoke can contact Bowden at 328-6388 to be personally notified prior to any burning.Vail Colorado

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