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Prescribed burns planned in Roaring Fork Valley to mitigate wildfires

collins creek controlled burn
Courtesy David Boyd
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U.S. Forest Service
The U.S. Forest Service completed a controlled burn in Collins Creek near Aspen in May.

Colorado has seen some of its most severe wildfires over the past several years, including 2020's Grizzly Creek Fire in Glenwood Canyon, whose effects were felt by residents even a year later in the form of mudslides caused by burn scars.

The severity of recent wildfires has spurred agencies such as the U.S. Forest Service to take a more proactive approach to controlling them, including on White River National Forest Land. One way to do that is by using prescribed fires.

muddy creek prescribed burn
Courtesy David Boyd
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U.S. Forest Service
The U.S. Forest Service conducted a prescribed burn at Muddy Creek in Eagle County in May. This photo shows how firefighters use existing snowfall to control the area where the burn occurs.

Aspen Public Radio reporter Caroline Llanes spoke with David Boyd of the U.S. Forest Service about the prescribed burns that the agency hopes to complete in the Roaring Fork Valley in coming weeks.