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Tree-cutting permits required for Breckenridge fire mitigation

Jane Stebbins

BRECKENRIDGE – Springtime wildfires have prompted many Summit County residents to clear trees and grasses away from their homes – but some Breckenridge residents could be doing so illegally.

“People need to know that the cutting of trees – and even planting trees – counts as development,” said town planner Mike Mosher. “Any development within the town limits requires a permit.”

Mosher has received almost a dozen phone calls from citizens interested in removing trees to protect their homes from possible wildfires. Such prevention – called fire mitigation – is required in unincorporated Summit County, but not in Breckenridge.

To obtain a permit, citizens must request an application from the town planning department. The town staff, local fire departments and some homeowners associations also are available to advise citizens about fire mitigation.

For additional information, contact your local fire department. For more information about permits to remove, replace or plant trees in the town of Breckenridge, contact the planning department at (970) 453-2251.

Jane Stebbins can be reached at 668-3998 ext. 228 or

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