A Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad engineer photographed in Durango in 2010

(Hart Van Denburg/CPR News)

For the first time ever, the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad is offering a way for people to cut down their own Christmas trees while reducing the threat of a wildfire in the San Juan Mountains.

The Durango Herald reports that San Juan National Forest officials have identified an area near Cascade Wye, as a potential site for wildfire risk. The agency has teamed up with the railroad to launch the Christmas Tree Train, which will take passengers to the area to cut down white firs and then haul the Christmas trees back to Durango.

Forest spokeswoman Ann Bond says thinning the forest will help make it healthy.

The train service will be offered in December, on Fridays and Saturdays.