Vail wildland fire crew to depart for season |

Vail wildland fire crew to depart for season

Daily staff report
Vail, CO Colorado

VAIL, Colorado – Vail’s wildland fire crew will once again be departing for the season at the end of October after spending the season working to protect the town from the threat of wildfire. The six-person crew has been on the job since May, providing seven-day-a-week coverage and assisting with tree cutting, piling, chipping and burning, free homeowner property assessments and fire suppression efforts. This season the crew was involved with six interagency incidents, including three within the town’s response area.-

This is the fourth year the town has funded a wildland fire crew.

By the end of the 2010 season, crews will have cut 1,150 dead or diseased trees throughout the town. Other activities have included ongoing free inspections with area homeowners and continuation of the town-wide hazardous tree assessments. The crews will continue to burn the accumulated slash piles in the area as weather permits.

The hiring process for the 2011 wildland crew will take place next April. Future projects include continued cutting along the Vail Golf Course as well as trail maintenance on the North Trail.

For more information, contact Chief Mark Miller at 477-3474 or Tom Talbot, wildland coordinator, at 477-3509.

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