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Dennis Soles: How to avoid the loss and damage seen in other Colorado communities

To the Editor:

Heads-up, property owners and homeowner associations.

Wildland fire continues to dominate news in Colorado. The ever present possibility of catastrophic forest fires, their ability to spread quickly into and through developed areas, should serve as a constant reminder for all of us as to the possible danger we face.

The majority of property owners are to be commended for their mitigation efforts throughout East Grand Fire Protection District and Grand County. Continued vigilance and effort, on all of our parts, will be needed to complete and then maintain the ongoing fuel mitigation projects to avoid the kind of loss and damage we have seen recently in other Colorado communities.

In some neighborhoods the felling of trees was necessary to remove the blow-down hazard to both person and property. However, the Fire District has concern with dead trees that have been cut down and left to lay, with branches attached mixing with grasses and brush. Leaving these trees with branches creates the possibility of rapid wildland fire spread from property to property through the subdivisions, greatly hindering responders’ ability to control and contain this type of fire.

This type of fuel presents a fire danger for surrounding homeowners and responders and could be a contributing factor toward the decision for fire fighters to stay and defend a particular property or to move on and make a stand somewhere else. If your property or your neighborhood has these types of downed trees on them, it is extremely important that they be trimmed and stacked up properly so as not to contribute to the area’s fire hazard, as soon as possible.

Dennis Soles

Fire Prevention Office

East Grand Fire Protection District

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