The Bureau of Land Management and City of Fruita are working with the Lower Valley Fire District to help reduce wildfire hazards in areas around Fruita.
The collaboration is part of a five year community assistance program, which provides BLM funding for projects near Fruita. Crews have been working to cut trees, along with controlled burning of certain areas that will reduce the risk of severe wildfires.
All four of the largest fires in Colorado history happened last summer, and this effort could help prevent another dangerous wildfire season in 2021.
”Just trying to make the city of Fruita safe, more resilient from wildfire,” explains Frank Cavaliere, Lower Valley Fire District Chief. “We do have a lot of growth going out into our wildfire area, and we’re just trying to make sure that we mitigate those areas with the help of our federal partners.”