Fire prevention work being done near Canyon Creek
NEW CASTLE Fire prevention work near Canyon Creek may ease residents minds after the New Castle Fire last summer.The Bureau of Land Management says thinning trees and brush northeast of the Canyon Creek Subdivision could help prevent homes from catching fire should a similar situation occur.The New Castle Fire prompted about 90 residences over four days in June to evacuate and burned about 1,240 acres. Fire threatened about 200 homes.With the fire this summer out there, it just called attention to Canyon Creek, said David Boyd, a BLM public information officer.This fall, the BLM trimmed and thinned brush and trees in 11-acres of BLM land northeast of Canyon Creek, Boyd said.Boyd said the New Castle Fire could have approached Canyon Creek dwellings from the area to the northeast.The New Castle Fire was west of Canyon Creek, he said. But had it kept burning around, if you had some wind shifts, it definitely could have come around and burned toward the community.About 25 piles of trimmed slash closest to homes will be burned in February when conditions are right. Another 75 or more piles will be burned the following winter. By then theyll have dried out and will burn better.Boyd said trees werent cut down. Branches were trimmed so that they dont reach the ground. That way fire is less likely to burn up into the tree canopy. The thinning can slow down the spread of fire and buy firefighters more time to get in there and stop it, he added.We look for opportunities where we can do this on federal lands that are right up against developments, Boyd said.The BLM is doing similar work near the Prince Creek area near Carbondale, Boyd said.Contact Pete Fowler: firstname.lastname@example.orgPost Independent, Glenwood Springs Colorado CO
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