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Forest health task force session features wildfire info

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Firefighters extinguish a small March 2012 blaze along Montezuma Road, in Summit County, Colorado. Bob Berwyn photo.

Experts to discuss local wildfire conditions

By Summit  Voice

FRISCO — Somewhat battered by decade-long waves of bark beetles, Summit County’s  forests are showing signs of a strong comeback.

In both logged and un-logged areas,young lodgepoles are spurting upward, with growth rates doubling in some areas and new stands of developing aspens on sunnier patches of ground. The regeneration is especially eye-catching in stands that haven’t been logged. With sunlight streaming through the bare branches of beetle-killed pines, a thriving mix of shrubs, berry bushes and grasses carpets the forest floor, proving shelter for new conifer species, including subalpine fir and Englemann spruce.

But the new forest, along with the beetle-killed areas, is still subject to the ever-present threat of wildfires, which are a natural part of lodgepole forest ecology. And since so many Summit County dwellings are on the fringes of those forests, local homes and neighborhoods are also at risk.

Recent spring snows have eased drought conditions, water and wildfire experts say there will still be a chance of fires later this summer, and they want educate local residents about the potential risk to neighborhoods.

This month’s Summit County Forest Health Task Force meeting (April 24, 7-8:30 p.m., at the old Frisco Community Center, 3rd and Granite) will feature talks from  local wildfire experts, including Ross Wilmore and Jeff Berino.

They will discuss fuel loading, structural triage, structural ignitability and wildfire behavior and what that means to Summit County homeowners. An important question to be addressed is how wildfire risk has changed with a hotter and drier climate, more logged areas, more down trees, less needles and branches, more grasses, and continued development in forested locations.

The meeting also will include information the new Colorado State Forest Service wildfire risk website, www.coloradowildfirerisk.com. The website is intended as a tool for assessing wildfire risk to individual homes and neighborhoods.

 The Forest Health Task Force is a program of The Greenlands Reserve. For questions, please contact Howard Hallman, hhallman@greenlandsreserve.org or 719-491-1807.

 

 

Tomorrow, 7-8:30pm
Frisco Community Center at 3rd and Granite

USFS Wildfire Experts to speak and answer your questions

Our meeting leaders are USFS wildfire expert, Ross Wilmore and Jeff Berino,  Deputy Chief for the Lake Dillon Fire Protection District. Berino has been actively involved in the fire service for over 33 years both combatting and investigating wildfires throughout the United States. He serves as an Incident Commander for the Summit, Northwest Colorado and Upper Colorado River Incident Management Teams. Jeff and Ross will help us understand fuel loading, structural triage, structural ignitability and wildfire behavior and what that means to Summit County homeowners. An important question to be addressed is how wildfire risk has changed with a hotter and drier climate, more logged areas, more down trees, less needles and branches, more grasses, and continued development in forested locations.
Tomorrow
Learn more about the wildfire risk in Summit County and what that risk means to you. Join us for an informative discussion next Wednesday! This event is free and open to all! Looking forward to seeing you.
7-8:30
Frisco Community Center at 3rd and Granite!
Want to learn more about wildfires? Check out the videos on our Forest Health Task Force homepage.Tax Credit?! Unaware of Colorado Wildfire Tax Credit? You’re not alone. (Allstate Corporation) Get the details here.

Please join us for an informative Wildfire Behavior and Your Risk discussion at the Frisco Community Center, 3rd & Granite from 7-8:30
Next up in the Forest Health Task Force Homeowners Series
May 15th – Where to Build, Buy, and LiveJune 19th (tentative date) – Preparing Essential Infrastructure and Services

July 17th (tentative date) – After the Fire – Implications of a Radically Changed Environment

August 21st (tentative date) – Real Life Homeowner Wildfire Experiences

The Forest Health Task Force meetings page details our Homeowners Series meetings!Check out Forest Health Task Force recent newsletters to learn more about Colorado Forest Health issues.

The Forest Health Task Force is a program of The Greenlands Reserve. For questions, please contact Howard Hallman, hhallman@greenlandsreserve.org or 719-491-1807.
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Maria Pastore
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