PALISADE, Colo. — The Talbott family has owned the hillside that was burned in the Palisade Peach Festival fire since the 1960s.
Bruce Talbott, manager of Talbott Farms, said that his family owns lots of highly flammable brush lands around their orchards. However, Talbott describes this area as a ‘fire ecosystem,’ meaning wildfires are an integral part of the livelihood of the vegetation.
The hillside has been used by the Peach Festival in previous years for the fireworks show. Talbott has always enjoyed working with the town to provide a fun fireworks show for festival attendees.
Talbott believes that the fire benefited his land’s well being by clearing out dead, dry brush. He also says the fire cleared the way for a much needed cleanup of decades-old debris.