The right weather and the right fuel conditions converged Saturday and the White River National Forest successfully treated 900 acres with a Hunter Creek prescribed fire, the U.S. Forest Service reported Sunday.

The forest has been working with partners in the Hunter-Smuggler Cooperative Plan to educate the community on the benefits of prescribed fire, and particularly the Hunter Creek prescribed fire, for more than a year. Yesterday, many of those partners were on site providing assistance and documenting the burn, including representatives from the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies, the Aspen Fire Department, Pitkin County Open Space and Trails, the city of Aspen and Wilderness Workshop.

Jim Genung, fuels specialist for the White River National Forest and burn boss on the project, provided this update: “This morning, we are showing about 60 percent of 900 acres affected with a nice mosaic from yesterday’s prescribed fire treatment. Most of the treated area saw low to moderate fire effects, which is really what we were looking for.”

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