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Summit County Government

Posted on: May 25, 2021

Board of County Commissioners Launches Wildfire Town Hall Series

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Community Invited to join virtual Town Halls which focus on Forest Health, Wildfire Threat, Preparedness, and Response

Contact: Nicole Valentine, Director of Communications

SUMMIT COUNTY – The Board of County Commissioners along with partners from the Sheriff’s office, Red, White and Blue Fire Protection District, and the Forest Service will host a virtual Wildfire Town Hall Series that kicks-off this Wednesday, May 26 at 5:30pm. Community members are encouraged to join via Facebook Live or Zoom to participate in this week’s discussion around wildfire preparedness in Summit County. Officials will share information regarding efforts to maintain healthy, diverse forests, reduce wildfire hazard, the wildfire response plan and emergency evacuation. 

“We are facing extreme drought conditions following last year’s historic wildfire season,” said Commissioner Elisabeth Lawrence. “We know that the potential for wildfires this year is top-of-mind for our community. Summit County has been involved along with our partners in extensive mitigation efforts and we want to keep our community members up-to-date and involved in what they can do to prevent, plan, and prepare.”

Summit County engages in a whole community process with a diverse set of stakeholders to develop capabilities and plans to reduce long-term risks to people and property from natural hazards, such as wildfire, drought, landslides and floods. Learn more about Summit County's Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan. This comprehensive, 665 page including separate annexes for the county’s towns and special districts, identifies and ranks potential hazards by severity and probably, and provides insight on mitigation strategies for each, all with the intent of reducing losses from hazard events before they occur.

In addition, the Summit County Community Wildfire Protection Plan, developed in cooperation with partner agencies, identifies focus areas for prioritized fuels reduction, establishes a charter for the Summit County Wildfire Council, and outlines an active process for reducing hazards in the Wildland Urban Interface through fuel reduction projects. The community is invited to review the Summit County Community Wildfire Protection Plan (pdf).

While Wednesday’s town hall will focus on wildfire threat and forest health, as well as partners engaged in wildfire response, it is important for individuals, businesses and families to prepare for emergencies and disasters before they happen. The Red, White and Blue Fire Protection District will be hosting a virtual workshop on June 10 and cover evacuation topics like go kits, pets, family, friends, home mitigation, car, valuables, documents, and communication preparedness. Individuals can RSVP for the workshop by emailing:aseidler@rwbfire.org.

In addition, the Board of County Commissioners will hold the next town hall in the series on personal preparedness and evacuation in early June. 

The week’s Wildfire Town Hall will be held Wednesday, May 26 at 5:30pm via Facebook Live and Zoom. Zoom Login Details:

Please click the link below to join the webinar:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82759775265?pwd=eUw1L3VwSjV2QjVCVFR1d1kvK2Q1Zz09

Passcode: WV1+ZsAJFM

To join by phone, dial +1 346 248 7799  

Webinar ID: 827 5977 5265

Passcode: 4838435451

For more information about Summit County’s year-round fire code, or wildfire prevention measures, visit www.SummitCountyCO.gov/wildfire.

Find information on emergency and disaster preparedness.

For updates and information on future Town Halls, follow the Summit County Government Facebook page.

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