Forest Service Rethinking Plans to Control Fire Danger

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The U.S. Forest Service says it will rethink its plan to reduce the risk of catastrophic fire on eight-thousand acres in the Pike-San Isabel National Forest near the headwaters of the Arkansas River.

Acting Leadville District ranger Beth Boyst says her office needs to further study the fire history in the proposed Box Creek Watershed Restoration Project area at the foot of Mount Elbert. She says the agency will also consider more roads than initially planned and evaluate the impacts of thinning and prescribed fire on wildlife.

The re-evaluation comes in response to complaints from environmentalists and area residents to the original plan.