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Wildfire safety workshop for homeowners

Fire officials are encouraging Garfield County homeowners to attend a special Firewise workshop at the Colorado Mountain College West Garfield Campus on Saturday, Aug. 29, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Federal, state and local fire officials are teaming with Colorado Mountain College for this workshop, which will help area homeowners learn more about wildfire – and specifically how to make their homes more defensible against wildfires.

“A large number of homes in this area are at risk because they are adjacent to undeveloped lands susceptible to wildfire,” said Doug Paul, Fire Mitigation and Education Specialist for the Upper Colorado River Interagency Fire Management Unit. “We’ll show homeowners a number of relatively simple steps they can take to lessen that risk and make their homes more defensible.”

The workshop will feature presentations about wildfire history and behavior, creating defensible space, how to help local fire districts and local vegetation types as fuel for fires.

Presenters include representatives from the Upper Colorado River Interagency Fire Management Area, Colorado State Forest Service, Burning Mountains Fire Protection District and Rifle Fire Protection District.

The West Garfield Campus is located at 3695 Airport Road in Rifle.

“While this location is especially convenient for homeowners in the Silt and Rifle areas, anyone wishing to learn more about wildfire and defensible space is welcome to attend,” Paul said.

For more information about the workshop, contact Doug Paul, (970) 244-3106.

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