Wildfire costs to be explored at conference
Wildland fire experts and local, state and federal fire managers will convene in Glenwood Springs April 16 and 17 to discuss the true costs of wildland fires, at the Colorado Wildland Fire Conference.
“The goal of the conference is to educate participants about the issues related to wildfire risk and the impacts to our communities,” said Doug Paul, fire education and mitigation specialist with the Upper Colorado River Interagency Fire Management Unit.
“The conference is geared toward community leaders, local government, elected officials and professional planners, but anyone is welcome to attend,” Paul said.
Keynote speaker Peter Brown, director of Rocky Mountain Tree-Ring Research, will address the topic of “Fire Ecology and Fires of the Future.”
Other sessions include an overview of wildland fire in Colorado, implications of wildfires to taxpayers and policy makers, a panel discussion on fire costs in Colorado, and a panel discussion on “fire-adapted” communities.
The conference sponsored by the emergency managers from Garfield, Eagle, Summit and Mesa counties, as well as Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control, Colorado State Forest Service, Upper Colorado River Interagency Fire Management and the Southern Rockies Fire Science Network.
Registration and information can be found at http://www.wildfire-colorado.com.
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