May 21, 2022

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Summit County torches 400 acres of beetle-kill ahead of wildfire season

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Dillon Ranger District engine captain Dusty Calfee ignite piles of dead trees for prescribed burning on May 5 in Summit County. (Hugh Carey, The Colorado Sun)

SUMMIT COUNTY — The men stomp through the snow, snaking torches into stacks of timber and sparking flames. 

Soon, thin wisps of smoke turn dense and dark as orange flames lick the 10-foot tall piles of dead trees. Dozens of bonfires begin melting growing rings of snow, sending smoke high above Summit County last week. 

Flames soar in between Aspen trees for prescribed pile burning of pine beetle-killed trees in Frisco. (Hugh Carey, The Colorado Sun)

The Forest Service has planned this slash-pile inferno for years, part of its expansive plan to rid the woods of the invasive pine beetle. Since 1996, the ravaging beetle has killed…

Hugh Carey

2022-05-14 06:00:00

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