A coalition of six local entities is looking into the feasibility of a large prescribed burn in the upper Hunter Creek Valley next spring to improve wildlife habitat and help eliminate fuels that have built up, and pose a threat of feeding a natural wildfire.

The Aspen Fire Department, Aspen Center for Environmental Studies (ACES), Wilderness Workshop, Pitkin County, the city of Aspen and the U.S Forest Service are taking a collaborative look at the proposed burn.

“It’s rare to see a diverse group like this all pulling toward the same goal,” said Will Roush, conservation director at Wilderness Workshop, in a joint statement. “We’re excited that so many partner organizations are working together to restore fire to the landscape and reduce the risk posed by catastrophic wildfire.”

The exact location for the burn has not yet been selected, but areas with steep slopes on the north side of the Hunter Creek Valley, near the lower plunge trail and Hummingbird traverse, are being looked at, the statement noted. It added that recreational trails in that area will likely be closed during the burn.

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