Forest Fire Season is just around the corner...

Hayman Fire 2002

As 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.

Fire 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.

Now 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 it instead.