Work to start Tuesday on wildfire mitigation challenge in Basalt


The city of Basalt and companions will undertake a pilot wildfire mitigation challenge on a hillside above City Corridor starting Tuesday and ending Friday.

“The challenge is meant as an indication challenge for wildfire mitigation and can assist scale back the danger of wildfire alongside the steep hillside in downtown Basalt,” stated an announcement from the city authorities.

The hillside has been a priority of Roaring Fork Fireplace Rescue Chief Scott Thompson as a result of it’s overgrown, vulnerable to fireside from sources like an errant cigarette butt and near properties. The hillside is above Midland Spur and Two Rivers Highway.

The Rifle Correctional Facility will help with the challenge by sending a group from its State Wildland Inmate Fireplace Workforce. The unit, often called SWIFT, is skilled as a Firefighter Kind-2 certified hand crew that has particular coaching in wildlife mitigation. A SWIFT crew chief, Roaring Fork Fireplace and Rescue employees and Eagle County’s wildfire mitigation coordinator shall be on website to information the mitigation efforts.

The challenge was made doable, partly, by a donation from FirstBank. It contributed $50,000 for wildfire mitigation tasks in Eagle County in recognition of the necessity and the firefighting effort undertaken in the course of the Lake Christine Fireplace.

Roaring Fork Valley residents of Eagle County who need to be taught extra about implementing mitigation tasks and cost-share alternatives ought to contact Roaring Fork Fireplace and Rescue or Eagle County for a free wildfire hazard evaluation.


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