State wildland inmate firefighting (SWIFT) crews will be returning to Snowmass Village for additional wildfire mitigation projects July 6th - 16th. In close coordination with the Roaring Fork Fire & Rescue (RFFR) Authority, the SWIFT crews will be reducing fire fuels and dense vegetation near Town Hall, Mountain View homes, and in the vicinity of the South Rim Trailhead.
SWIFT Crews will begin work behind Town Hall and up to the Mountain View Trail. The area was identified as a priority due to the 800mhz radio communication tower infrastructure located adjacent to the hillside and dense oak brush.
Once complete, crews will begin working near the South Rim trailhead and work to remove fuels near the neighborhood and towards the Connector Trail. If time allows, SWIFT crews will also be removing some hazardous dead-standing trees along the Ditch trail, which were identified by RFFR.
You can expect to hear power tools throughout the day, including chainsaws and a heavy duty chipper from about 9 a.m. until about 3 p.m. The Town Hall and Mountain View projects are expected to take 2-3 days each.
The SWIFT crew has done many similar mitigation projects in the community in recent years. Their efforts are part of an ongoing partnership between the Town and RFFR to help mitigate the risks of a wildfire in our community.
If you have questions, please feel free to email Travis Elliott, Assistant Town Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org