Preparing for wildfire in the foothills

Rotary, fire departments hosting education event on May 1

Deb Hurley Brobst
dbrobst@coloradocommunitymedia.com
Posted 4/28/21

Wildfire season is now considered to be year-round, and Rotary Wildfire Ready along with area fire departments are hosting a day of educational events to help residents prepare for what many say is …

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Preparing for wildfire in the foothills

Rotary, fire departments hosting education event on May 1

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Wildfire season is now considered to be year-round, and Rotary Wildfire Ready along with area fire departments are hosting a day of educational events to help residents prepare for what many say is the inevitable.

May 1 is Wildfire Preparedness Day, and it will be 8:30-11:30 a.m. at Elk Creek Fire Station 1, 11993 Blackfoot Road in Conifer, and from 1:30-4:30 p.m. at Evergreen Fire/Rescue’s Administration Building, 1802 Bergen Parkway. The public is invited to visit the booths to learn more about preparing for wildfire.

“We really wanted to make sure to have this event in conjunction with our fire departments to get the word out,” said Cindy Latham, chair of Rotary Wildfire Ready. “We are not prepared as a community at all. It’s important to have each individual take steps to protect their home and their family.”

Both locations will provide attendees information about the fire departments’ wood chipping program, hardening homes, defensible space, emergency go bags, getting neighborhoods involved in wildfire preparedness and more. In addition, fire departments hope people will sign up for the emergency notification program.

Children won’t be left out since there will be activity guides available, and the Rotary Wildfire Ready fire truck, which is a rolling educational laboratory on wildfire readiness, will be at both locations.

Latham said last year’s Elephant Butte fire west of Evergreen plus the numerous wildfires around Colorado should be a wake-up call to residents to get prepared now.

Rotary Wildfire Ready consists of the Evergreen, Conifer and Mountain Foothills Rotary clubs, and it tries to increase wildfire awareness through education to make the foothills safer.

“We need to get people ready and thinking about this,” Latham said. “We need to keep our residents safe.”

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