Local Homeowners Honored For Fire Mitigation Efforts

By: McKenzie Martin Email
By: McKenzie Martin Email

They're making their neighborhoods safer places to live. Thursday forty-eight homeowners were recognized for their efforts in reducing the wildfire risk around their homes.

It’s all part of the FireWise program that provides residents with information and education on fire mitigation.

Tony Toniolli has spent the last several years making his yard and house more fire safe.

"We removed the fuel, the dead trees and branches and the dry grass underneath because that fuels the fire," Toniolli said.

He's also thinned out the scrub oak all along the hillside behind his house. If a wildfire breaks out near his home, his house may have a chance of surviving.

"Mitigation has saved homes, we can tell when a homes done mitigation and they've survived and other's haven't," said Chris Barth, FireWise Program Coordinator.

Tony has also organized efforts in his neighborhood to spread awareness about mitigation. It's an effort that's earned him recognition from the Colorado Springs Fire Department for the third year in a row.

"Tony's house is a great example, I think he's the only one with a moderate rating in his whole neighborhood," said Barth.

The recent warm weather is likely to increase fire danger in the area. For more information on how to make your home fire safe, go to the FireWise website.

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