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Colorado plans prescribed burn for East Vail

Colorado plans prescribed burn for East Vail

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In order to stimulate new growth and forage for bighorn sheep, there will be a prescribed burn in the Katsos Ranch area of East Vail, Colorado. The fire will be handled by Vail Fire and Emergency Services either this month or next month, depending on appropriate conditions, Vail Daily reports. 

Prescribed burns help create fresh growth, which improves winter habitat for the East Vail bighorn sheep herd. It will also “reduce wildfire fuels adjacent to the community,” according to Vail Daily as the project will target 20 acres of grass above the Booth Creek berm, north of the Booth Falls neighborhood as well as 1 acre of grass adjacent to the North Frontage Road. 

Colorado plans prescribed burn for East Vail

Map of the prescribed burn area. Source: Vail Daily

The approved burn plan was evaluated by a third party and fulfills all safety and environmental considerations. Traffic could be impacted during the actual day of the burn. Those interested in watching the prescribed burn can do so from a safe distance or at the East Vail interchange parking lot.

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