COLORADO – A trio of wildfires ignited across Colorado in the past 48 hours, all of which were quickly contained by firefighters and local authorities. The rapid response highlights the preparedness and efficiency of the state’s firefighting units and prevention measures in the face of increasing wildfire risks.
The Mount Herman Fire, which started Tuesday morning near Monument northwest of Colorado Springs, burned approximately a third of an acre. Responding quickly, Monument firefighters and federal land managers successfully suppressed the fire, with no evacuations necessary. U.S. Forest Service officials mentioned that recent forestry work in the area to reduce vegetation “helped aid suppression efforts.” The cause of the fire is currently unknown.
On Monday, the May Fire was sparked on the southwest side of Colorado Springs, west of Fort Carson, by a lightning strike. The fire burned about a quarter of an acre in fir and conifer trees before firefighters, assisted by a state helicopter, managed to bring the flames under control. The Division of Fire Prevention and Control helicopter cooled the fire by dumping buckets of water on the flames, while ground crews made their way to the area, south of Cheyenne Mountain.
The third small fire, Bishops 1161, flared up near Bishops Castle, a well-visited tourist attraction in the Front Range, near Rye, Colorado, on Tuesday morning. This fire was also caused by lightning and encompassed around 1/10 of an acre. Swift action by the U.S. Forest Service personnel in the San Carlos Ranger District ensured the blaze was contained by 5pm the same day.
The efficient handling of these small wildfires underscores the importance of robust wildfire prevention and rapid response strategies. With climate change increasing the frequency and intensity of wildfires globally, these instances provide valuable lessons.
Wildfire Prevention Tips and Advice
As we head into the peak of wildfire season, it’s crucial to remember some essential prevention tips:
Dispose of Cigarette Butts Safely: Never discard cigarette butts from moving vehicles or toss them away carelessly. Use designated containers for disposal.
Campfire Safety: Keep campfires small and manageable. Always fully extinguish them before leaving the area or going to sleep.
Properly Store Flammable Materials: Ensure that flammable materials are stored safely and away from sources of heat.
Report Unattended Fires: If you come across an unattended or out-of-control fire, report it to local authorities immediately.
Observe Burn Bans and Fire Restrictions: Pay attention to local burn bans and fire restrictions, especially during peak wildfire season.
Secure Trailer Chains: Dragging chains can cause sparks that may ignite roadside fires. Ensure chains are secure before driving.
Remember, preventing wildfires is a collective responsibility. Stay vigilant, and let’s keep Colorado safe and beautiful.