When hiking our touring in Rocky Mountain National Park, you may notice large ‘tee-pee’ looking piles of logs and branches. These are the result of the fire mitigation work of our National Park and Forest Services.
The reduction of hazardous fuels is a significant preventive management tool – helping to protect nearby structures and communities in the event of wildfire. As seen with the Fern Lake Fire, preventive reduction of hazardous fuels aided firefighters in containing the fire to a limited area within the park when it made its more than 3 mile run on the morning of December 1, 2012. Fire mitigation projects protect life and property and enhance the safety and efficacy of firefighters when called to manage fire within the park.
Hazardous fuels reduction projects have begun in three strategic locations within Rocky Mountain National Park – along Trail Ridge Road from Mills Drive to Deer Junction; on the west aspect of Emerald Mountain along trails and power lines; and along the Wild Basin Road and adjacent power line. Work will include removing dead trees, the lower limbs of remaining trees, ladder fuels, dead and down logs, and the removal of select trees adjacent to infrastructure. Depending on location, resulting woody materials will be piled on site and either burned in the following winters or used for firewood permits.
For more information on Firewise standards visit www.firewise.org For more information about Rocky Mountain National Park please call the park’s Information Office at (970) 586-1206.