WFO Denver/Boulder


	...WILDFIRE SAFETY AND MITIGATION...

DURING THIS COLORADO FLOOD SAFETY AND WILDFIRE AWARENESS WEEK WE HAVE 
DISCUSSED FLOODS…FLASH FLOODS, AND HOW TO STAY SAFE WHEN FLOODING THREATENS.  
WE ALSO TOLD YOU THAT AREAS BURNED BY WILDFIRES ARE HIGHLY SUSCEPTIBLE TO FLASH 
FLOODS WITHIN THE FIRST TWO OR THREE YEARS AFTER THE WILDFIRE.

TODAY WE WILL PROVIDE YOU WITH INFORMATION ABOUT WILDFIRE SAFETY AND MITIGATION 
THAT COULD SAVE YOUR LIFE AND MINIMIZE DESTRUCTION TO YOUR PERSONAL PROPERTY.

COLORADO EXPERIENCED SOME VERY DEVASTATING WILDFIRES IN 2013, INCLUDING THE  
BLACK FOREST FIRE…THE ROYAL GORGE WILDFIRE…AND THE WEST FORK COMPLEX WHICH 
BURNED OVER A HUNDERED THOUSAND ACRES OF FOREST.  TWO PEOPLE WERE KILLED AND 
OVER FIVE HUNDRED HOUSES WERE DESTROYED FROM THE BLACK FOREST WILDFIRE.

ALL WILDFIRES NEED FUEL TO BURN, TYPICALLY IN THE FORM OF DRY VEGETATION, AS 
OFTEN OCCURS IN FORESTS, GRASSLANDS, AND CURED WHEAT FIELDS. TRAGICALLY, SOME 
WILDFIRES ALSO KILL PEOPLE AND DESTROY HOMES, VEHICLES AND OTHER PERSONAL 
PROPERTY.  IF YOU LIVE NEAR OR WITHIN A FOREST, GRASSLAND, OR WHEAT FIELD, THERE 
ARE SOME ACTIONS YOU CAN TAKE TO MINIMIZE YOUR VULNERABILITY TO WILDFIRES.

IF YOU ARE A HOMEOWNER, THE FIRST DEFENSE AGAINST WILDFIRE IS TO CREATE AND 
MAINTAIN A DEFENSIBLE SPACE AROUND YOUR HOME. DEFENSIBLE SPACE IS THE AREA 
AROUND A HOME OR OTHER STRUCTURE WHERE FUELS AND VEGETATION ARE 
TREATED…CLEARED OR REDUCED TO SLOW THE SPREAD OF WILDFIRE.  CREATING WILDFIRE-
DEFENSIBLE ZONES ALSO REDUCES THE CHANCE OF A STRUCTURE FIRE SPREADING TO 
NEIGHBORING HOMES OR THE SURROUNDING FOREST. DEFENSIBLE SPACE ALSO PROVIDES 
ROOM FOR FIREFIGHTERS TO DO THEIR JOBS WHEN FIGHTING A WILDFIRE.

MORE INFORMATION ON HOW TO MAKE A DEFENSIBLE SPACE AROUND YOUR HOME CAN BE 
FOUND ON THE COLORADO STATE FOREST SERVICE WEBSITE AT 
HTTP://CSFS.COLOSTATE.EDU/PAGES/DEFENSIBLE-SPACE.HTML

DURING PERIODS OF EXTREME FIRE DANGER IN FORESTS AND RANGELANDS...
...YOU SHOULD AVOID BEING IN AREAS WHERE YOU MIGHT BECOME TRAPPED BY A WILDFIRE.

...YOU SHOULD AVOID THE USE OF MATCHES OR ANYTHING ELSE WHICH COULD IGNITE A FIRE.

...MAKE SURE THAT HOT PARTS OF MOTORIZED EQUIPMENT…SUCH AS MUFFLERS, ARE NOT 
ALLOWED TO COME IN CONTACT WITH DRY GRASSES OR OTHER POTENTIALLY FLAMMABLE 
MATERIAL.

IF YOU BECOME TRAPPED OR CUT OFF BY A WILDFIRE…SEEK SHELTER IN AREAS WITH LITTLE 
OR NO FUEL…SUCH AS ROCK SLIDE AREAS OR LAKES.

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON WILDFIRES AND FIRE SAFETY…PLEASE CHECK OUT THE 
FOLLOWING WEB ADDRESSES…

	HTTP://WWW.SRH.NOAA.GOV/RIDGE2/FIRE/
	HTTP://CSFS.COLOSTATE.EDU/
	HTTP://WWW.READY.GOV/WILDFIRES
	HTTP://WWW.NIFC.GOV

COLORADO FLOOD SAFETY AND WILDFIRE AWARENESS WEEK CONTINUES THROUGH THIS 
SATURDAY.   

JIM PRINGLE
WARNING COORDINATION METEOROLOGIST
WFO GRAND JUNCTION CO

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