Landowners urged to be proactive to prevent wildfires

Landowners urged to be proactive to prevent wildfires

June 28, 2019
Durango Herald

With about 50% of Coloradans living in areas at risk of wildfire, it’s time for landowners to take measures into their own hands – at least that’s the message forest managers and emergency officials are expressing.

The Colorado State Forest Service this fall released a study that shows from 2012 to 2017, the number of people living in areas at risk to the effects of wildfire increased by nearly 50% – with about 2.9 million people now living in the “wildland-urban interface.”

“With the continued increase in Colorado’s wildland-urban interface population, it’s critical for landowners and communities to take actions to reduce their risk and address forest health concerns,” Mike Lester, state forester and CSFS director, said at the time the study was released.

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