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Wildfires

The warm, dry climate of Colorado is appealing to residents and tourists alike, but it also brings the potential for wildfires year-round. In 2002, drought and extreme weather fueled the Hayman Fire, which was the largest recorded wildfire in Colorado's history. The fire burned nearly 138,000 acres, destroyed 133 homes, and cost approximately $39.9 million to suppress.
 
More and more people are making their homes in the wildland-urban interface – in or near forests, rural areas or in remote mountain sites. While homeowners enjoy the beauty of the environment, they face the very real danger of wildfire. Wildfires often begin unnoticed. They spread quickly, igniting brush, trees and homes. Reduce your risk by preparing now - before wildfire strikes.

Contact the Colorado Springs Fire Department Firewise Program at http://csfd.springsgov.com/  or call 719-385-7281.