Recent fuels mitigation ‘without a doubt’ saved Columbine subdivision from Golf Course Fire, fire chief says |

Recent fuels mitigation ‘without a doubt’ saved Columbine subdivision from Golf Course Fire, fire chief says

Residences dot the Columbine Lake area.

No structures were affected by the Golf Course Fire, not only due to the avid efforts of firefighters at the scene, but also because of the recent forest management work in the area intended to reduce wildfire risk.

The 20-acre fire, which flared up Thursday afternoon, stopped short of residences after hundreds of homes had already been evacuated. The blaze reached 100 percent containment Saturday.

“The forestry work and fuels mitigation the Colorado State Forest Service has administered in the Grand Lake community without a doubt saved the Columbine subdivision,” said Grand Lake Fire Chief Mike Long.

The Colorado State Forest Service has completed 217 acres of targeted fuels treatments since 2015 adjacent to subdivisions that were impacted by the fire, including Columbine, Winding River Ranch and Winding River Villas. Treatments have involved such measures as removing beetle-killed trees and the creation of fuelbreaks to reduce wildfire risk, according to the forest service.

Three contracts have been administrated to implement fuels treatments within the Grand Lake community. Key partners include local forest products industries, the Grand County Wildfire Council, Grand Lake Metropolitan Recreation District and adjacent landowners, with funding support from Northern Colorado Water.

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