Posted on November 2, 2016 by Krysta Cossitt
A fire off Highway 85 and Chatridge Court forced over 800 residents to evacuate their homes, Friday, October 28, 2016. According to South Metro Fire, the fire was caused by malfunctioning equipment on a power pole. The fire scorched 205 acres before it was fully contained. Luckily no damage was caused to structures in the area but certainly a scary moment for many.
With the fire danger level still high in Roxborough State Park, Roxborough residents still need to take precautions to help eliminate the threat of wildfires to their homes. www.firemitigation.org has a great video that covers tips on how to prepare the space around your home to reduce natural fuels that can cause wildfires to spread.
Roxborough residents should also revisit their wildfire action plan or implement one if it doesn’t yet exist. An action plan is important for all members of the family to be familiar with. Below is a checklist from www.ready.gov to help you prepare an action plan.
> Know your wildfire risk: just before entering Roxborough State Park, residents can see what level of fire danger is applicable to the area.
> Make a wildfire emergency plan.
> Build or restock an emergency preparedness kit (flashlight, batteries, cash, first aid supplies, etc.)
> Familiarize yourself with local emergency plans: contact your HOA for evacuation routes