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The environment desk at Aspen Public Radio covers issues in the Roaring Fork Valley and throughout the state of Colorado including water use and quality, impact of recreation, population growth and oil and gas development. APR’s Environment Reporter is Elizabeth Stewart-Severy.

Prescribed burn planned for Cattle Creek

Courtesy of U.S. Forest Service

Local fire agencies plan to set a prescribed burn this week near El Jebel.


The burn will target 1,200 acres north of El Jebel near Cottonwood Pass. It’s part of a U.S. Forest Service project to improve the winter wildlife habitat. Elk and mule deer feed on the young growth in the area. The burn is also a protective measure for nearby homes. The fire will occur in aspens and shrubs, eliminating the dry brush that fuels wildfire.

Credit U.S. Forest Service
U.S. Forest Service

The hope is this week’s weather conditions align to minimize danger and help dissipate smoke from the valleys. Officials with the U.S. Forest Service said that smoke will be visible from Carbondale and Basalt, as well as the Eagle valley, and with temperatures dropping, that smoke could stick around at night.


Aspen native Elizabeth Stewart-Severy is excited to be making a return to both the Red Brick, where she attended kindergarten, and the field of journalism. She has spent her entire life playing in the mountains and rivers around Aspen, and is thrilled to be reporting about all things environmental in this special place. She attended the University of Colorado with a Boettcher Scholarship, and graduated as the top student from the School of Journalism in 2006. Her lifelong love of hockey lead to a stint working for the Colorado Avalanche, and she still plays in local leagues and coaches the Aspen Junior Hockey U-19 girls.
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