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Posted on: June 10, 2022

Fire mitigation work in the Durango Wildland Urban Interface begins June 14

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Fire-mitigation work on city-owned lands in the Durango Wildland Urban Interface will begin June 14, starting near Ball Lane. 

The Wildland Urban Interface contains areas where man-made improvements are built close to, or within, natural terrain and flammable vegetation. The work will manually thin hazardous fuels on approximately 45 acres of park and open space lands . 

“Reducing risk of fire continues to be a high priority for our community,” said Amy Schwarzbach, natural resources manager. “The Parks and Recreation Department has worked closely with fire experts to plan this work.”

The efforts are being planned by Fire Adapted Durango, a partnership between the City of Durango Parks and Recreation Department and numerous fire experts. Funding support for this work is from the Bureau of Land Management, Colorado State Forest Service, and Durango’s Parks, Open Space and Trails sales tax fund.

The thinning will be done by contracted sawyer crews and adheres to Colorado State Forest Service prescriptions for the vegetation type and terrain at each location. This work is the continuation of a multi-phase project focused on mitigating fire risk within the Durango Wildland Urban Interface. More information is available at DurangoGov.org/FireMitigation, including the public presentation given on October 21, 2021 in preparation for this year’s work. 

Parks, trails and trailheads will remain open, but users should be aware that sawyer crews and vehicles will be in the area. Signage will be in place to notify trail users of the work being done. For more information, contact the Parks and Recreation Department at (970) 375-7321 or rec@DurangoGov.org.

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