Wildfire Mitigation Efforts Continue at Cheyenne Mountain State Park

MGN Online A structure off of Herring Road burns out of control in the midst of the Black Forest Fire in Colorado Springs, Photo Credit: Helen H. Richardson/The Denver Post, Photo Date: June 11th, 2013

Devastating wildfires like Waldo Canyon and Black Forest have left lasting scars on Southern Colorado.

On Thursday, Cheyenne Mountain State Park and Cheyenne Mountain Air Force station teamed up in an effort to help prevent the risk of another fire.

The two groups, along with several volunteers, worked to clear brush and dead trees to create a 40-foot fire break.

They plan to work through the summer to clear the area near the park.

Firefighters say that if a fire was to start on Cheyenne Mountain Air Force property, and it is slow-moving, it would give firefighters a chance to jump ahead and put it out quicker.

"We're here for the community. If there's anything that happens on our property, or the state park property, we are the first responders in conjunction with Colorado Springs. So, we're trying to make sure we can assist the community around us and protect them the best we can," said Matthew Backeberg, Cheyenne Mountain Fire Department fire inspector.

Volunteers say helping with these mitigation efforts is crucial.

"It's going to protect the park, it's going to protect the houses. It's a lot of work, but it's very rewarding and it's fun.," said Gloria Robertson, volunteer.

If you would like to volunteer, contact the fire department at (719) 474-3030.