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Simulated Fires At Aspen Pitkin County Airport Until Saturday

Aspen Pitkin County Airport

Local firefighters will be putting out stimulated fires at the Aspen Pitkin County Airport until Saturday.

These drills are staged every year to test the skills of local firefighters for aircraft fires and emergency situations. For the first time, the public is invited to watch a drill on Wednesday, September 18 at 3 p.m. at the Airport Operations Center.

Local firefighters will work to extinguish a simulated aircraft fire. 

The fire drills will be held day and night, so flames may be visible at any time in the surrounding areas of the airport. Pitkin County Officials said the burns will be staged on gravel away from trees and shrubbery, and the fires will be completely controlled. 

Pitkin Alerts and the Aspen Pitkin County Airport's Twitter will be used to remind the public about the burns to avoid any unnecessary 9-1-1 calls. Residents who see fire or smoke near the Aspen Pitkin County Airport between September 17-21 should not call 9-1-1.