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Don’t get burned by wildfire

Creating ‘survivable’ space around your home may save it
Resources for fire mitigation

A number of local agencies can provide an assessment of your property, or preferably, your neighborhood:
The Colorado State Forest Service offers a great deal of information about fire mitigation. To book an analysis of your property, call Durango District Forester Kent Grant at 247-5250.
Firewise of Southwest Colorado also provides information about fire mitigation. Visit www.southwestcoloradofires.org to learn more. The organization, which is currently working with 80 high-risk neighborhoods, has coordinators in La Plata (includes San Juan), Archuleta and Montezuma counties. Call La Plata County Coordinator Melody Walters at 903-2139.
Local fire protection districts also will make a home visit. Call administration offices for an appointment.
The Fire Smart Home Handbook by Clyde Soles, which will released Tuesday, is a good guide for do-it-yourselfers. The book will be available at local booksellers and on www.amazon.com.

Related Media
East Canyon area fire history
2012 Risk Assessment
WUI in La Plata County
Colorado High Risk Red Zones
Colo.'s current/projected risk

Don’t get burned by wildfire

Odin Christensen, a property owner in Elk Springs Ranch subdivision in western La Plata County, clears trees and brush as part of the subdivision’s fire mitigation efforts. Christensen, who is a FireWise ambassador, said the Missionary Ridge Fire in 2002 motivated his development to create defensible space.
Chris Swift of Swift Creek Brush Cutters uses a masticator to clear brush in the Elk Springs Ranch subdivision.
A FireWise sign adorns the gate to the Elk Springs Ranch subdivision.
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