Breckenridge seeking comments on plan to reduce wildfire danger in wooded areas |

Breckenridge seeking comments on plan to reduce wildfire danger in wooded areas

The Breckenridge Planning Office will be accepting public comments through Friday, Sept. 13, on a proposed wildfire mitigation ordinance intended to reduce fire danger in the town’s heavily wooded areas.

The proposed Wildfire Mitigation and Forest Management Ordinance is scheduled for town council review Sept. 23.

Aside from promoting wildfire safety, the ordinance addresses forest health issues.

The ordinance would allow property owners in “high” or “moderate” wildfire hazard areas to obtain a $30 permit to implement a “Wildfire Mitigation Plan” for removal of some trees near their residence to create a “defensible space.”

Implementation of a Wildfire Mitigation Plan is proposed to be voluntary at this time, officials said.

Larger properties and proposed subdivisions would require preparation of a Forest Management Plan to address factors such as forest ecosystem health, wildlife habitat and visual quality in greater detail, and would be subject to planning commission and public review prior to removal of any trees.

Copies of the proposed ordinance may be obtained at the planning office in town hall or by calling 453-3188.

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