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East Vail tree removal approved

Daily staff report
Vail, CO Colorado

VAIL, Colorado – The U.S. Forest Service has approved a request by the Vail Fire Department to remove approximately 113 dead and diseased lodgepole pine trees on forest land south of Bighorn Road in East Vail as part of the town’s ongoing Forest Health project. Crews from the fire department’s wildfire division began the work Monday. The area is located about 1.9 miles east of the Interstate 70 East Vail interchange in the White River National Forest. The project has been approved by David Neely, district ranger of the Eagle/Holy Cross Ranger District.

Once cut, the beetle-kill trees will be moved to the northwest corner of the property, where the wood will be available to the public by permit only. Firewood permits are available on a limited basis at the Eagle/Holy Cross Ranger District office in Minturn. The wood will become available Sept. 17.

The East Vail project is the 12th area to receive treatment this summer by Vail’s six-person seasonal wildfire crew, which has been working since May to improve the defensible space between the forest and Vail’s boundaries. This is the fourth season for the wildfire crew.

To date, crews have removed more than 1,000 trees on 60 acres within the project 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. –

For more information, contact Tom Talbot, wildland fire coordinator, at 401-4202.

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