Fruita Aggressively Working to Mitigate Wildfire Risk
KREX News Room
FRUITA, Colo. As wildfire season approaches, towns across the nation are working on prevention efforts, including here in the Grand Valley. On Saturday volunteers in Fruita worked to help reduce wildfire risk near Little Salt Wash Park.
With the very dry trend in the Grand Valley, Fruita officials are taking an aggressive approach to mitigating wildfire risk.
Last year a community wildfire protection plan was created countywide, with Fruita rated as a high priority. This year, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), the city of Fruita and the Lower Valley Fire Department partnered with homeowners to clean up problem areas. Volunteers old and young came out on Saturday to help cut vegetative fuels.
Frank Cavaliere, fire chief of the Lower Valley Fire District, said, "Especially in these areas where there's a park right here, there's homes, where there's a lot of combustible materials. We just want to make sure the people are taking a proactive stance as compared to a reactive stance by calling 911."
Folks wanting to clear out vegetative fuels in their yards can contact the fire department or the BLM and ask for flyers and handouts explaining how.