BLM seeks public comment on hazardous fuels reduction along Meeker fire break


The BLM is seeking public input on proposed plans to conduct fuels reduction for fire mitigation along the north and west sides of Meeker. | COURTESY PHOTO

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) White River Field Office is seeking public input on a proposal to conduct a planned fuels reduction treatment along the north and west portion of the town of Meeker. This action would create a fuel break that would improve firefighter and public safety by reducing the hazardous fuel loading, which would decrease the likelihood that portions of the town of Meeker would be impacted by a wildland fire. The BLM is partnering with the Town of Meeker, Meeker Fire Department and Rio Blanco County on this project.

“Planned fuel breaks can be a more efficient way for firefighters to slow the progress of a wildfire while ensuring firefighter and public safety. Fuel breaks are an important strategy to minimize the risk of communities and infrastructure being impacted by wildfire events,” said White River Field Manager Bill Mills.

Public comments must be received by Feb. 2, 2022 via the ePlanning project website at the following link: https://eplanning.blm.gov/eplanning-ui/project/2012510/510. The public’s input will assist the BLM in identifying any concerns with the proposed fuels reduction project. Before including your address, phone number, e-mail address or other personal identifying information in your comment, be advised that your entire comment — including your personal identifying information — may be made publicly available at any time.

For more information and to submit public comments, please visit the ePlanning project website at the following link: https://eplanning.blm.gov/eplanning-ui/project/2012510/510.

For additional information contact the White River Field Office at 220 E. Market St. in Meeker or call 970-878-3800.


PRESS RELEASE | Special to the Herald Times

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