Vail done with dead trees |

Vail done with dead trees

VAIL, Colorado ” Following a canvass of about 620 properties in East Vail and Intermountain, the first phase of Vail’s dead tree inspection process has been completed for the season.

Tom Talbot, Vail’s wildland coordinator, says owners of about 120 properties in the two neighborhoods are being notified of the need to remove dead trees on their land. The effort has prompted over 70 calls to the Fire Department for free property inspections.

The canvass had been under way since Sept. 2 by members of the six-person Vail Fire Department wildfire crew. Property owners were being notified of a town regulation that requires removal of dead or diseased trees on their land within 30 days. If the trees cannot be removed within 30 days, a town-approved plan is required of the property owner.

The town is providing a free curbside chipping service for trunks, limbs and slash up to 24 inches in diameter for trees removed by Oct. 17. Also, the town has streamlined its dead tree removal application process for additional convenience. The applications are free.

To date, Talbot says the town has conducted 30 FireWise inspections this year. The department will continue to offer the free property inspections until Oct. 31, when the seasonal wildfire crew members will be released for the winter. Weather permitting, the crew will be used to begin some pile burns in the golf course area.

The town intends to bring a crew back next spring to continue the free FireWise inspections and help complete the townwide dead tree canvass, according to Talbot.

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