FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
7 June 2016
Contact: Steve Lipsher, Public Information Officer
Office: (970) 262-5209
Lake Dillon Fire participates in county wildfire drills
Lake Dillon firefighters will be joining counterparts from Breckenridge’s Red, White & Blue Fire and Copper Mountain Fire for a series of on-the-ground wildfire-response training sessions beginning this week.
Beginning Friday morning, the fire departments will be battling a simulated wildfire that is planned to begin behind the Ford dealership in Silverthorne and race up Mesa Cortina.
Different crews then will run through the exercise again on Friday afternoon and in the same area in the morning and afternoon of June 21. And on June 30, the morning and afternoon sessions will focus on the Blue River neighborhood of Tordal Estates. The U.S. Forest Service, the High Country Training Center, Summit County Ambulance Service, Summit County Animal Control and Summit County Sheriff’s Office also are planning to participate.
Firefighters will be marking “burned” areas with red flagging and may use artificial smoke – as well as real water – and the public may receive exercise-oriented evacuation information, but there will be no real flames.
Motorists and pedestrians are asked to watch out for fire engines and crews on foot, but road access will continue uninterrupted, and no special accommodations need to be made. Members of the public may feel free to watch the exercise unfold.
“These exercises always provide great learning experiences for our firefighters and help build the teamwork between our organizations that will be necessary if we ever have a fast-evolving wildfire threating our community,” said Lake Dillon Fire Chief Jeff Berino.
Lake Dillon Fire offers free home “defensible space” evaluations that can be scheduled by calling (970) 262-5209, and more information on how residents can best prepare for wildfire season can be found at: http://lakedillonfirerescue.org/archives/category/wildfire_danger