East Vail firewood permits no longer available | VailDaily.com

East Vail firewood permits no longer available

Daily staff report
Vail, CO Colorado

VAIL, Colorado – The U.S. Forest Service is no longer issuing free firewood permits for a tree removal project south of Bighorn Road in East Vail after the demand for permits has exceeded the amount of available wood. Members of the public are asked to call the Eagle/Holy Cross Ranger District at 827-5715 after Oct. 1 to inquire if additional permits will be available.

Crews from the Vail Fire and Emergency Services Wildfire Division have been working since Sept. 13 to remove approximately 113 dead and diseased lodgepole pine trees in an area approximately 1.9 miles east of the Interstate 70 East Vail Interchange in the White River National Forest. Wildland Coordinator Tom Talbot says the work is about 50 percent complete.

Vail’s six-person seasonal wildfire crew has been working since May within 12 project areas to improve the defensible space between the forest and Vail’s boundaries. The work has included cutting, piling, chipping and burning of dead and diseased trees in the targeted areas. The crews will continue working until Oct. 31 and are prepared to burn slash piles in five of the areas if conditions become favorable. This is the fourth season for the wildfire crew.

For more information, call Talbot at 401-4202.

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