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Fruita Fire Mitigation Project Begins July 31, 2023

The Lower Valley Fire District, along with the City of Fruita, in collaboration with the Upper Colorado River Interagency Fire Management, would like to inform the community of a fire mitigation project that is starting on July 31, 2023, along the City of Fruita bike trail that follows the Little Salt Wash. The community can expect to see and hear crews working in the Creekside Subdivision from North Mesa Street to North Maple, cutting and removing vegetation. The Fruita bike trail will be closed in this area during the project.

Lower Valley Fire District received funds through a grant from the Bureau of Land Management Fuels Management and Community Fire Assistance Program. Mitigation and treatment work is being done by Alpine Tree Service. Alpine Tree Services will be thinning trees to reduce continuous fuels and remove invasive species. The total treatment area is approximately three acres.

This fire mitigation project is part of the Lower Valley Fire District and the City of Fruita’s larger efforts to reduce the risk of fire along the Little Salt Wash and Big Salt Washes in Fruita. This will be the 6th year of fire mitigation, with a total of 24 acres of fuel treated since this work began. Both entities would like to inform those that live around the Big and Little Salt Washes not to displace their yard clippings and tree limbs along the banks or bottoms of these washes. With the help of private landowners and Homeowner Associations, we can reduce the chances of a large-scale fire developing.

If you have questions or concerns contact Lower Valley Fire District at (970)858-3133.



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