The Colorado Springs Fire Department has received a $ 30,000 grant from the Allstate Foundation to help the department’s forest fire-fighting efforts, officials said Tuesday.
The grant comes after an unprecedented fire season in 2020 that included the three largest flames in the state’s history: the Cameron Peak, East Troublesome, and Pine Gulch fires that scorched more than half a million acres of woodland and destroyed or damaged hundreds of homes .
Citing the fire department’s commitment to “building safer neighborhoods and stronger communities,” the foundation funded the grant to help fire fighters and local residents reduce forest fire risk by removing fuels within 30 feet of homes, including Dead, parched vegetation and other combustible materials According to a press release, fires can spread faster.
The Colorado Springs Fire Department said mitigation efforts helped save lives and homes in November when the fire broke out at Bear Creek in the western reaches of the city. Firefighters quickly put down the 26-acre fire with no injuries or serious property damage, and residents cited years of brush cleaning and fuel removal as the reason the damage wasn’t worse.
With the grant from the foundation, housing costs will be provided for mitigation work in around 60 houses in the neighborhoods of Friendship / Crescent, Kissing Camels, La Posada, Mesa and Panorama on the west side of the city.
Homeowners in these neighborhoods interested in having work done around their property can call the Fire Department’s Wildfire Mitigation Section at (719) 385-7368 or (719) 385-7342.
Quick response, fire prevention efforts saved lives and homes in Bear Creek fires, local residents say
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