National Community Wildfire Preparedness Day is May 6

By Pam Wilson

Wildfire Season is here. Is Southwest Colorado prepared?

On May 6, several communities across the region will have activities going on in support of National Community Wildfire Preparedness Day. Some of the communities received a small award from State Farm and the National Fire Protection Association to sponsor their events; others are just doing projects to prepare their community for wildfire season.

FireWise was fortunate to receive an offer of additional assistance from some firefighters that will be participating in a prescribed fire training exchange in Chama, NM over the next two weeks. Community efforts will be supplemented by 25-30 firefighters from around the region as well as Indonesia and Spain.

The projects and contacts are listed below.

Join representatives of the Colorado State Forest Service, FireWise of Southwest Colorado, San Juan Headwaters Forest Health partnership, and the U.S. Forest Service on May 4 from 6:30 to 8:30pm at the Liberty Movie Theatre in Pagosa Springs for a Movie Night and panel discussion all about wildfire.

This evening will include short films from across the country, conversation, and door prizes. Come learn, have fun, and discuss how we can make Pagosa Springs more prepared. The evening is sponsored by the National Fire Protection Association and State Farm as part of Wildfire Awareness Week. Contact Bill Trimarco, or 970-264-0430

Falls Creek Ranch mitigation projects, May 6, 9:30am – 4:00pm. Contact Paulette Church, or 970-946-4856

Aspen Trails Wildfire Mitigation Fair, May 6, 9:00am – 4:00pm. Numerous stations where residents can learn about equipment use, forest health, preparing for evacuation and more. Technical specialists from CSFS, Upper Pine River Fire, FireWise, and more will be manning the stations. The event will be open to the public. Contact Charlie Landsman, or 206-697-2613

On May 6, several communities will be holding WUI (Wildland-Urban Interface) checkpoints at subdivision entrances to share wildfire information with residents.


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