“Living With Wildfire” Town Hall Series hosted by Colorado Springs Fire Department

Colorado Springs Firefighters set to discuss fire risk in residential areas
Published: Jun. 23, 2022 at 10:29 PM MDT|Updated: Jul. 19, 2022 at 4:53 PM MDT
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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - Unprepared communities is what the Colorado Springs Fire Department say they see the most in wildfire situations. This is why they are hosting a series of town hall meetings throughout the city to inform communities and answer any questions residents have.

Community Education and Outreach Supervisor for C-S-F-D Sunny Smaldino says most people look back at these events and wish they were more prepared.

According to Smaldino, attendance was high for these meetings when they first started, but as we leave behind the burn ban and things start turning green, less and less people attend. The fire department wants people to remember a wildfire could start anywhere at anytime.

The final two meetings of July, held on Tuesday and Thursday, are set to discuss the risk of wildfires in neighborhoods. These will focus primarily on areas south of Fillmore, east of I-25, north of Platte and west of Academy. These are mostly residential areas.

These areas are at risk of developing fires as destructive as the Marshall Fire, according to Smaldino. She said the Marshall Fire, which is the most destructive in Colorado’s history, began in a neighborhood and quickly spread from home to home.

In Colorado Springs, a similar fire was seen near Powers and Stetson Hills. It spread quickly between homes before being put out, but still had the potential to become much more destructive.

“We have that exact same model of home and risk,” Smaldino said, “so we wanna make sure people understand what to do in that type of an event.”

CSFD will also be discussing how to sign up for emergency notifications and where to evacuate if the need arises.

The meetings are streamed live on Facebook and more information about dates and times can be found on the Colorado Springs Fire Departments website.

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