Monday, May 6, 2013

Communities Come Together to Mitigate Wildfire Risk

The Red Cross was one of many organizations that participated in statewide Wildfire Day of Service on May 4.

Red Cross volunteers filled sandbags, chipped trees, educated neighbors and more as part of the first statewide Colorado Wildfire Preparedness Day of Service on Saturday, May 4, 2013.

Working on a wildfire mitigation
project in Lake of the Pines.
The Day of Service was led by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) in coordination with the American Red Cross, Colorado State Forest Service, Colorado Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, READYColorado, and Rocky Mountain Insurance Information Association.

As part of the Day of Service, Coloradans were encouraged to participate in wildfire mitigation projects to reduce wildfire damage to their homes, neighborhoods and communities. Individuals and organizations organized projects all over the state, ranging from taking steps to improve their personal preparedness and wildfire mitigation to holding large community events to educate and aid neighborhoods with wildfire mitigation.

Grab 'n' Go Firefighting kits
constructed by volunteers.

Red Cross volunteers participated in a number of projects, including:
  • Filling 1,000 sandbags to mitigate flood risk in the Waldo Canyon burn area in Colorado Springs
  • Helping to remove fuels on Boulder County Open Space near Lyons
  • Working with corporate partners like Hosting to compile firefighter comfort kits (statewide)
  • Chipping downed trees to reduce fire risk near Durango.
  • Performing a neighborhood walkthrough with local fire department to identify well-mitigated properties and those that might need more work in Boulder.
  • Clearing and hauling brush in Morrison.
  • Providing defensible space safety training near Bailey.
The Wildfire Day of Service coincided with the International Association of Wildland Fire’s Global Wildfire Awareness Week and provided a unique opportunity for Colorado residents to get involved and take action against the threat of wildland fire across the state.

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