Fire Mitigation in Toll Canyon - 6.27.2016
The Utah Department of Natural Resources Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands ("FFSL") has partnered with Snyderville Basin Special Recreation District ("Basin Recreation") and Utah Open Lands to mitigate the risk and hazard of wildfire in the Toll Canyon Open Space. The project, which began in June and will be ongoing until complete, is treating an 80-foot corridor of forested open space along the emergency escape route between Summit Park and Pinebrook neighborhoods. The FFSL Lone Peak Hot Shot Fire Crews will work throughout the week, clearing brush and hazardous trees and installing fire "breakaway" gates on either end of the escape route. This project has been funded by a FFSL Summit Fire Mitigation Grant.
The buffer created by this project will serve to reduce the volume of surrounding forest vegetation (fuels) that present a hazard to nearby homeowners, while providing a safe exit in the case of a catastrophic fire. It will reduce the homeowner's exposure to wildfire and also reduce the potential for fires to start in the treated areas. FFSL crews will also remove beetle-killed trees and thin dense growing conifers to improve forest health and enhance wildlife habitat in the area. A chipper will be utilized to dispose of the debris and redistribute the residue on the forest floor for recycling. Firewood rounds will be stacked on the road for a community collection. Contact Jess Kirby at firstname.lastname@example.org for details about pick-up day.
The project will be completed Friday, July 1, 2016. In the interest of public safety, Toll Canyon trail access from Summit Park, Pinebrook and Timberline will be closed during working hours, which are scheduled for 6:00am-6:00pm. The project will be coordinated by FFSL Area Forester, PJ Abraham, FFSL WUI Coordinator, Ken Ludwig and Basin Recreation Open Space Management Supervisor, Jessica Kirby. Questions about the project should be directed to email@example.com. Those interested in firewood collection should also contact Jessica to receive instructions on how to obtain a collection permit and time slot.
A special thank you to Utah Forestry Fire and State Lands for securing grant funding and providing crews to complete this project. Your contribution to enhancing public safety is appreciated by the entire community!
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