4/28/2006

Wildfire Preparations

Colorado, primarily east of the continental divide, has had little precipitation; as a result, Governor Owens and the legislature are preparing for an active wildfire season. Owens has signed Executive Order D 003 06 making $358,000 available from disaster emergency funds. Senate Bill 96 has passed the Senate and will fund additional money for a wildfire preparedness fund. For those who live in high risk zones, much information is available for wildfire mitigation. A search of CoSPL’s catalog using the terms fire or wildfire results in titles on preparing your property, and historical accounts of past wildfires, all available in paper and/or online.

In addition, here are some online resources from Colorado state government:

Wildfire Awareness Information, Colorado Division of Emergency Management
Colorado Fire and Drought Information, Office of the Governor
Colorado Wildfires, 2002; Natural Hazards Center, CU Boulder
Drought and Fire Resources, CSU Extension
Colorado State Forest Service web site

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