Grand Lake to update Community Wildfire Protection Plan |

Grand Lake to update Community Wildfire Protection Plan

Grand Lake Fire Protection District (GLFPD) has obtained a grant from the Bureau of Land Management that allows the fire district to contract with PMC Wildland Fire LLC to update the existing Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP).

The CWPP is a written plan developed with input from multiple agencies and the public. It addresses challenges such as local firefighting capabilities, the need for defensible space around homes and subdivisions, and where and how to prioritize land management on both federal and non-federal lands.

Members from multiple agencies including the BLM, Colorado State Forest Service, Division of Natural Resources, Grand Lake Fire Protection District, Office of Emergency Management, Rocky Mountain National Park, Town of Grand Lake and U.S. Forest Service attended an initial meeting for the CWPP update in November.

The first community meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Jan. 24 at the Grand Lake Fire Protection District, 201 West Portal Road. Paul Mintier (PMC), formerly with the Forest Service in our area, wants citizens to know the importance of this meeting. Topics such as landowner responsibility, hazard mitigation, evacuation planning, resources and preparedness will all be discussed as well as the introduction of the Ready-Set-Go program.

The Ready-Set-Go program utilizes firefighters to teach individuals who live in high-risk wildfire areas and the wildland-urban-interface how to best prepare themselves and their properties against fire threats.

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