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Hundreds of Volunteers Help Mitigate Wildfire Risk Statewide

Wildfire Sandbags Denver Red Cross
During this Day of Service, Coloradans were encouraged to participate in wildfire mitigation projects to reduce wildfire damage to their homes, neighborhoods and communities.

Nearly 600 people participated in more than a dozen separate efforts across the state to mitigate wildfire risk in Colorado communities in early May.

Red Cross volunteers helped to organize and participated in a number of the events, including filling sandbags to protect against flooding in the Waldo Canyon burn area in Colorado Springs and conducting a wildfire evacuation and shelter exercise in Summit County.

The efforts were all part of the Wildfire Preparedness Day of Service, a statewide effort 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.

During this Day of Service, Coloradans were encouraged to participate in wildfire mitigation projects to reduce wildfire damage to their homes, neighborhoods and communities.

A total of 581 participants got involved in 15 different projects including:

  • Colorado Springs – 69 people gathered to help the Red Cross Pikes Peak Chapter fill more than 900 sandbags to distribute to areas with higher risk of flooding due to last year’s Waldo Canyon Fire
  • Alamosa – Volunteers removed fuels around Pikes Stockade
  • Roxborough Park, Evergreen, Bayfield, Lake of The Pines, Granby County – Residents learned about defensible space and how to be “firewise” with their property.
  • Denver – Employees of Hosting compiled firefighter comfort kits for the Red Cross to deliver to firefighters during disaster responses.
  • Black Forest, Woodland Park, Bailey, Fruita – Volunteer crews cleared fuels (such as brush)
  • Denver – Students who are part of a Red Cross Club at Mile High Academy organized a pancake breakfast where they provided fire education for about 100 people and raised $387 to support preparedness activities during National Preparedness Month in September.
  • Summit County – Numerous agencies coordinated a live evacuation exercise during which Red Cross workers set up a shelter and evacuation point; law enforcement held mock community briefings (with ASL and Spanish interpreters); and residents were invited to browse preparedness information at a fair.
  • Douglas County – The Sheriff’s Office held a live evacuation drill; Residents loaded up horses, goats and donkeys along with household pets and evacuated to the fairground. Agencies including the Red Cross provided briefs on what would happen in a real event and how to prepared for/prevent future events.
  • For more information about wildfire mitigation or the Day of Service, visit www.nfpa.org.