Locals voice concerns over having a fire so close to their homes in Aspen

A planned prescribed burn in the Hunter Creek area will be the closest one to the city of Aspen ever conducted, but is needed following decades of fire suppression.

The burn is designed to improve wildlife habitat in the popular wilderness area northeast of Aspen, and thin dense brush that could fuel a potentially catastrophic wildfire in the future.

A coalition overseeing the project met with several concerned or curious locals on Wednesday afternoon during a site visit to the upper parking area. The effort is being led by the Aspen Fire Department, Aspen Center for Environmental Studies (ACES), Wilderness Workshop, Pitkin County, the city of Aspen, and the U.S. Forest Service.

More than 20 people gathered to discuss the project, which is planned to begin next spring and, depending on weather conditions, could last for a couple years.

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