FireThe city of Colorado Springs will host a wildfire preparation meeting Tuesday, May 26 from 6:30-8 p.m. at Berger Hall on the UCCS campus.

Members from Colorado Springs Fire Department, Colorado Springs Police Department and the Office of Emergency Management will discuss emergency preparedness, evacuation planning and wildfire mitigation.

Specific topics include:

– overall preparedness;

– evacuations;

– public information during an emergency;

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– fire operations;

– fire mitigation; and

– insurance (Rocky Mountain Insurance Information Association).

In recent years Colorado Springs and the Pikes Peak region have experienced two of the most destructive wildfires in Colorado history.  In June 2012, the Waldo Canyon fire devastated the northwest part of the community, taking two lives and destroying 347 homes. In June 2013, the Black Forest fire became the state’s most destructive fire, destroying more than 500 homes and claiming two lives.

“Our community has witnessed two extraordinary fires in recent years,” said Fire Chief Christopher P. Riley. “As devastating as these two fires have been, we still face a very real risk for future wildfires impacting our community. We are stepping up our education efforts to provide residents with information and resources they need to be safe and act swiftly in the event of another wildfire.”

In addition to attending the community meeting, residents are encouraged to download the city’s Emergency Preparedness and Safety Guide for information on how to prepare for wildfires and all types of emergencies, and visit the Wildfire Mitigation page for more information about reducing wildfire risk or view an educational video about preparation.