July anniversaries serve as important reminders to prepare for wildfires

Blog Post created by lisamariesinatra Employee on Jul 16, 2014

In recognition of the anniversaries of the South Canyon and Black Tiger Fires in Colorado this month, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the U.S. Forest Service Rocky Mountain Region posted a press release that provides a number of resources, including Firewise, evacuation and emergency kit information for residents, and stresses the importance of preparing your property for wildfire. Taking steps to mitigate not only protects you and your family, states the release, but it also helps reduce risk to firefighters and other first responders. CO

Twenty years ago on July 2, 1994, lightning sparked a fire on Storm King Mountain, just west of Glenwood Springs, Colorado. The South Canyon Fire started out slowly, covering just three acres over two days. Then due to several factors including available vegetation, slope of the terrain and wind, the fire began a high-intensity, fast-moving front. While fighting the blaze, 14 firefighters lost their lives.

July 9, 2014, marked the 25th anniversary of the Black Tiger Fire in Boulder County, Colorado. The human-caused fire swept through residential areas, destroying 44 homes and burning almost 2,100 acres. At the time, the Black Tiger Fire was the worst wildland fire loss in Colorado history.

Learn more about the Black Tiger and South Canyon Fires, and more by visiting FEMA’s newsroom page.