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Fire agencies plan for up to seven prescribed burns

Elizabeth Stewart-Severy/Aspen Public Radio News

As spring approaches and fire season returns, public lands managers have released plans for prescribed burns.


Several federal and state agencies work together to identify areas that could benefit from controlled fires. There are three potential sites in Garfield County and two in both Pitkin and Eagle Counties, for a total of nearly 10,000 acres.

Prescribed fire is used to improve habitat and vegetation for wildlife during the transition from winter to summer. Officials say new growth can benefit wildlife as soon as 10 days after a controlled burn. It also can reduce hazardous fuels that pose wildfire danger.


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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