At least so far.
On Monday while visiting
"When you have years of leaves, dried leaves on the ground, it just sets it up," Trump said. "It's really a fuel for a fire. So they have to do something about it."
"We're always doing some sort of fire reduction activities. Something is always happening," she said.
She explained that in 2017,
"There's a lot of factors (for this year's wildfires), it's not just one thing," McMorrow said. "(Brush and timber buildup) didn't just happen in the last five years. That's decades of a certain kind of attitude towards prescribed burns."
She said that residents in certain parts of the state had previously been resistant to controlled burns.
Even so, locally, the
"We work with various crews and seasonal employees throughout winter and spring months," Freeborn said. "It's typically the work most people don't see going on."
He explained that most of the work is done around more populated areas throughout the mountains such as
"We've seen historically that the section of road on (
These are done to prevent fires from becoming established, moving onto the base of the mountain, and impacting the community of
"We've made a nice fire break between BLM lands and the community," Garcia said. "We typically do certain areas annually we think are prone to fire."
"(BLM has) implemented an open flame ban so there are no campfires of any sort in our campgrounds or lands to mitigate the continued fire risk," Garcia said. "Typically we don't do a full ban, but we decided to call a total ban on all flames. (The ban) would last until November or December because there's not a lot of rain in the forecast for this fall."
There's always risk, particularly in recent months when record wildfires have swept across
Freeborn said that every month in the state is wildfire season, and KCFD is prepared to battle those blazes year-round. He said that the community can support KCFD and prevent wildfires by staying educated on what's happening both locally and statewide.
"Educate yourselves on what you're seeing in other cities and other counties for a long-term perspective," Freeborn said. "If you want changes or additional services, those requests have to be made."
In the short term, Freeborn said efforts as simple as maintaining "defensible spaces" around property, keeping up on car maintenance, not dragging chains from vehicles and avoiding hitting rocks while mowing the lawn can be integral in preventing unnecessary fires.
"It's the small things that make such a big difference," Freeborn said.
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