Hanover Fire Chief Urges Homeowners to Create Defensible Space in “Active” Fire Season
During today’s regularly scheduled meeting of the Board of El Paso County Commissioners, Hanover Fire Chief Carl Tatum reported that yesterday’s nearly five-thousand-acre grassfire in southeastern El Paso County would have destroyed homes if it hadn’t been for the coordinated efforts of multiple area firefighting agencies and resources provided by El Paso County Public Works and the Office of Emergency Management. “My thanks is to the Board of County Commissioners for your support and giving OEM and DOT the resources and equipment to come out and help us,” said Chief Tatum. “Those resources and assistance from the other fire agencies saved homes.”
County resources deployed to the firefight included road graders, water tankers, Sheriff’s Office wildland fire trucks, fuel trucks and heavy equipment mechanics. Chief Tatum explained, “The graders came in and started cutting lines and anchored us in to where we could get a little bit of a breather and were able to get that fire under control. There were a lot things happening behind the scenes with County OEM and DOT. We were getting a lot of resources from OEM. We don’t have fuel stations out there. DOT provided the fuel to help us out.”
The Fire Chief concluded, “Biggest thing I could ask the County Commissioners is to get out the word. Our wildland fire season is here. We need to get fire mitigation going. If homeowners can’t help us get us a safe space and help us protect their homes with fire mitigation, we’re going to lose some homes this year.” Creating defensible space includes reducing the amount of material that can burn easily in and around your home or business by clearing away debris flammable materials, cutting down weeds, and grasses and trimming trees near your buildings and using fire-resistant construction materials.
More than a dozen fire departments from throughout the region assisted in the bringing Monday’s wildfire under control. More than 400 hundred homes were at risk from the early season wildfire, worrisome reminder that this year’s wildfire season could be longer and even more active than most.
The Commissioners thanked Tatum and all of the firefighters for their brave work in saving homes.
Meetings of the Board of County Commissioners can be viewed through live streaming at www.elpasoco.com by clicking on the link in the left side column marked, Live Meetings at Centennial Hall. Commissioners meetings are replayed on the El Paso County News and Information Channels Comcast channel 59 and Century Link High Definition Channel 1089. Regularly scheduled BoCC meetings are held Tuesdays and Thursdays starting at 9 a.m. in the Commissioners Hearing Room at Centennial Hall, 200 South Cascade Avenue in downtown Colorado Springs.
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