Standing room only crowd engaged in wildfire preparedness message

Blog Post created by cathyprudhomme Employee on Mar 3, 2014

Photo - Woodland Park event - March 1 2014Photo Credit:  Scott Lord

This past Saturday, a standing room only crowd of more than 170 wildland/urban interface residents participated in a Wildfire Preparedness Event at the Ute Pass Cultural Center in Woodland Park, CO.  A riveting presentation by Linda Masterson, researcher and author of Surviving Wildfire: Get Prepared, Stay Alive, Rebuild Your Life (A Handbook for Homeowners), was an eye-opener for many; as she vividly shared her personal account of what her and her husband Cory experienced when they lost their home to a 2011 wildfire.  Linda's testimonial is extremely motivating and is continually an inspiration in getting residents to undertake preparedness/mitigation actions.

Multiple wildland agencies and firefighters interacted with participants and provided their knowledge and important strategies on how-to mitigate wildfire risk.  The valuable information and expertise delivered at the event was a call to action for a community work day on May 3, the first national Wildfire Community Preparedness Day