06-2015 FireWise Bulletin (Printable Report)
This is an email from Pam Wilson, coordinator of FireWise for southwest Colorado. Those who attended the Sand Creek tour last year were very impressed with the recovery of this devastated area. This promises to be an equally informative and impressive tour.
I hope some of you will consider joining us for one or both events. Please note — you do need to register for the event(s) because food is being provided. You can register at www.sanjuanheadwaters.org. Hope to see some of you there!
Please feel free to share the event notice with anyone you think might be interested.
Join Representatives of: The Rio Grande Watershed Emergency Coordination Action Team (RWEACT-Win), San Juan Headwaters Forest Health Partnership, Southwest Firewise, Southern Rockies Fire Science Network, and the Rio Grande and San Juan National Forests for FREE FOOD and Conversation.
June 19 – Panel Discussions about the history of the fire, current conditions, and what to expect in the future. Discussions will be followed by a FREE BBQ. Wolf Creek Ski Area – 4:00pm to 7:00pm
June 20 – Tour of the West Fork Fire Scar. Discuss the fire with regional experts and land managers. Please bring a hard hat if you own one. FREE LUNCH. Meet at the Wolf Creek Ski Area at 8:30am. The group will leave at 9:00am and return at 3:00pm.
Please register for the events so that we can include you in the food purchase.
Back on the home front:
It’s time to move the wood piles away from the house. The recommended distance is at least 30 feet. Now that the fire season is nearing, the less fuel around the house the better. That includes pine needles, tall grass, and wood chips. Take a walk around your structures and look for small openings in the eaves and soffits, breaks and spaces between roof joints, accumulation of debris on the roof or in corners of the foundations and under porches and decks, and open vents. If you’d like a Home Ignition Zone assessment form or assistance in conduction the assessment, contact Peggy Beach.
Several property owners have applied for the chipping rebate and/or the mitigation grant. Start accumulating your slash for the next chipping date, or haul the slash to the recycle center/relay station on Trujillo Rd. Both the rebate and grant are still available. Keeping you property mitigated is vital not only for the safety of your home and property, but also for that of your neighbors. Consider working with your neighbors to create a wide defensible space on your properties.
Peggy Beach, FireWise Ambassador
937 San Juan Dr.