Skip to comments.Timber to be burned Wednesday in Vail
Posted on 11/07/2007 10:06:28 AM PST by george76
About 20 piles of downed pine and aspen trees will be burned Wednesday and Thursday ...
The trees were cut down this fall by crews building a buffer between the forest and neighborhoods to prevent the spread of wildfires.
Once more snow falls, some of the 250 piles of timber remaining on the upper bench of Donovan Park will be burned.
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Second, creating a defensible space near one's home influences the fire fighters future decisions on attacking a future wild land fire.
It may save your home.
Is it unusable as board lumber? Burning it seems a waste.
—there’s a whole bunch of it across the pass in Dillon Valley that needs to be burned— (although it has led to tourist humor about “where do I get one of those pretty reddish pine trees” )
—it’s largely the small trashy stuff that grows up when nature’s way-fires-don’t get a chance to clear the weeds, so to speak-—
Why not give it to homeowners to burn in their fireplaces?
Yup, lotsa dead “pine beetle trees” around these days.
I suspect that it’s pine, not hardwood. Not good to burn too much pine in the fireplace. Causes chimneys to get all gunked up......can start chimney fires.
Just a guess.
All of the near-by lumber yards have been closed in recent years due to the eco-nuts getting the forest service to deny other logging operations. Hauling in to Montrose, etc. would be very expensive.
If there was an economic value as local firewood, that may have already been offered.
The removed dead trees and brush may not be the best for board lumber ?
--IIRC, Vail cops have an infra-red detector to check if people are burning wood at night , in violation of the regs--
We encourage tourists to take those “ pretty reddish pine trees “ home .
Surprisingly , none of my acquaintances in Leadville seem to want the new "color" on their side of Fremont Pass---
Or grind it up. Guinea Pigs like Aspen shavings (pine shavings hurt their feet).
Apparently Grand County is also making some small progress.
The big problem is still the feds.
You’re right about the potential for chimney fires — if you don’t do things right. If you get a good fire going with kindling, and then just add a couple of logs at a time — waiting until the previous ones are burning nicely — you will burn off most of the creosote-making stuff. You need to give your fire enough air to avoid creating too much smoke — many people make the mistake of dampening down their stove. A brief, fast fire is better than a slow-smoldering one. Finally, regardless of what you’re burning, you should clean your chimney every year. I did that, even though there was usually very little creosote because of the way I burned the wood.
Seems to me they could haul it to the nearest paper mill as pulpwood.
The closest lumber mill is the one in Montrose, more than 150 miles away and the next nearest is in Price, Utah, approximately 300 miles distant.
“Over the last two decades local mills have been eliminated,”
Some small, under the radar, good news ?
Sounds like it, but I'm suspicious. My experience with liberals is they suspend the rules they enforce against the rest of us if doing so would make their stuff/money safer. :-))