Forest Fire Season is just around the corner...
Hayman Fire 2002
the last few years have shown, those of us who live in the mountains
are all at risk of personally experiencing a forest fire. The
more we know and the more we are prepared for such an event, the
better our chances of our homes being saved. Please do your part
in clearing trees and slash as directed in the section "Creating
Defensible Space" and following the "Wildfire Safety
Guidelines" outlined in this site. We all rely on our neighbors
to make the mountain a more defensible zone. Support the local
Inter-Canyon Volunteer Fire Department, by donations of time,
money or cans. They are our local heros and a great resource in
fire prevention. There are also many useful links to forest resources
in our "Links" section.
and High Peak
When the mountains in our area were uninhabited, as other uninhabited forested areas, forest fires were a common occurrence: probably every 12-20 years in Ponderosa Pine forests and 80-120 years in Lodge Pole Pine forests. (It has been 97 years since the last forest fire in Hilldale Pines.) These fires were never fought but allowed to burn until they burned themselves out. This, of course is the way in which nature takes care of over crowding of trees, diseases and insect problems and keeps the forest floor free of dead timber, slash and brush.
it is up to us, as landowners, rather than nature, to prevent
overcrowding, to prevent disease from spreading and to keep the
forest floor clean. Our fire department will do everything they
can to keep fires from burning out of control since there are
so many homes and families needing to be saved. However, if your
home does not have defensible space, the firefighters will go
to the next house that does have defensible space and try to save