Hot Sulphur/Parshall Fire District seeks public input |

Hot Sulphur/Parshall Fire District seeks public input

The Hot Sulphur Springs/Parshall Fire District and contractor Wildland Fire Associates will host a public open house from 6-9 p.m. Thursday, July 29, to receive input on the development of a Community Wildfire Protection Plan. The plan will address developed lands within the Hot Sulphur and Parshall Fire District and the Williams Fork Valley.

Representatives from the Colorado State Forest Service and local, state and federal governmental agencies in the fire district will be present to answer questions or address concerns raised by those in attendance.

The meeting will be held at the Hot Sulphur Springs Fire station at 286 E. Grand Ave in Hot Sulphur Springs. A short presentation will begin at 7 p.m.

The purpose of the meeting is to introduce the public to the planning process and to gather input to assist in the development of the plan, including assessing the level of support for developing partnerships with those living outside the fire district.

The project will look at lands both within and outside the wildland urban interface and evaluate the threat of wildland fire to developed areas within the planning area.

Wildland Fire Associates will use the information to develop a Community Wildfire Protection Plan that includes:

• a base map outlining the wildland-urban interface and identifying adjacent landowners; a completed community risk analysis that considers fuel hazards, risk of wildfire occurrence and community values to be protected-both in the immediate vicinity and the surrounding areas;

• an assessment of the ability of the resources within the fire district to respond to wildland fire; and,

• an implementation plan that identifies fuels treatment projects and determines the relative priority of each project.

The fire district encourages the public to attend this public meeting: “In the event you cannot attend, [we] hope you will take some time and submit written comments and possibly a map of proposals or concerns you may have,” said Fire Chief Brad White.

Submit comments and maps to: Wildland Fire Associates, 9053 W Quarto Ave., Littleton, CO 80128, ATTN: Carl Douhan.