At a press briefing on the 2017 wildfire season anticipated for Colorado, Governor John Hickenlooper opened with some important information for residents. Although Colorado's wildfire activity in the first few months of this year has been average or perhaps below average, the Governor said, "..it is exactly the time we want to make a couple points strongly. First, to make sure that we have the systems in place and the personal preparedness for evacuations when we need them. Then, on a parallel track, making sure that we have the home readiness, what we refer to as Firewise, making sure that people that live in the wildland/urban interface, their homes are prepared to withstand a fire should it occur."
Governor Hickenlooper went on to describe the components of home wildfire preparedness, including creating defensible space, using safe building materials and landscaping practices. He added, "People can go to Firewise.org. If you go to Firewise.org and spend a half an hour there, I think there is a high probability you will be much better prepared for a fire than you would otherwise."
Colorado's State Fire Director, Mike Morgan, elaborated on the response plans and agreements in place across the state, predictive weather services, and coping with human-caused fires. Watch the briefing here.