Getting Ready For Fire Season

By: McKenzie Martin Email
By: McKenzie Martin Email

Thanks to above average snowfall this year it looks like fire season in Colorado may be happening about a month later than usual.

Despite the delay though, wildland crews are still getting ready and preparing for the worst. The Pike Hotshots are in day nine of a rigorous two-week training. When a wildland fire breaks out, the team of twenty is on the frontlines. They go where no one else can, with only one goal in mind.

"First we cut the canopy fuels then we cut the ground fuels," said Hotshot Ian Gardner.

They dig a fire line, in order to keep the fire from spreading.

"It's about the guy in front and behind you and next to you, that's why we're here," said Hotshot Travis Mitchell.

It’s a true display of teamwork that is also extremely exhausting.

"Nothing can prepare you for being out on a fire for 12 to 15 days straight, nothing can prepare you for that," said Mitchell.

But that's why the team still spend hours training.

"Good to be ready, you never know what summer is going to bring," said Gardner.

And with the outlook good in Colorado this summer, the team will likely still be busy fighting fires all across the country.

"We'll go everywhere, southern California, Arizona, Nevada but it probably won’t be as bad as last year," Mitchell said.

The U.S. forest service predicts that the fire danger won't be high until probably mid June this year. This is a good time of year to make sure your house is firewise and clear any dead debris.

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