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For the week of May 23 through May 29, 2001

Sun Valley considers fire break

Plan is for 6-mile, 250-foot-wide swath

Express Staff Writer

The Sun Valley Fire Department is giving serious consideration to running a six-mile fire break around the resort town.

A public hearing is scheduled June 6 for the proposal put on the table by Sun Valley Fire Chief Jeff Carnes. It will be held in the Sun Valley City Hall from 4 to 7 p.m.

The firebreak would run from the end of Juniper Road to the end of Fairway Road, which is a distance of six miles. Also, according to the plan, a 250-foot-wide swath at an elevation of about 6,000 feet would ring the city.

Even though it is tentative, the plan is considered by Carnes as "the most protection down the road."

Carnes is suggesting the fire break as a proposal for wildfire mitigation money from the Bureau of Land Management as part of the BLMís community at risk program.

Carnes said he didnít know how much he will get from the BLM, but he estimates the amount will be between $500,000 and $1 million.

He stressed the plan wouldcall for removing only sagebrush, and the fire break would not be a "denuding."

He added that it would not be cut all at the same elevation. Instead, its elevation would vary and create an "undulating" look.

The plan also calls for cutting a 250-foot-wide fire break along the hillside on the east bordering the Weyyakin neighborhood.

Public comment will be taken through June 14. For more information, call Phil McCaffray at 622-8234.



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