GRAND JUNCTION, Colo- Colorado Parks and Wildlife workers are clearing debris from heavily wooded areas ahead of wildfire season.
The Two Rivers Wildfire Coalition received a donation from the Grand Junction Area Realtors Association, providing CPW with the necessary funds to clear and remove fuels from a residential area just north of the Colorado River near 29 Road. Officials with the coalition say wildfires are just as likely this year as last, especially with current drought and snowpack conditions.
Clearing the area on Monday, according to CPW’s Pete Firmin will provide space between CPW land and the nearby homes. Ellis Thompson-Ellis, of the Grand Junction Fire Department, says clearing the space of the debris makes these homes “defendable” in case of a fire.
In 2020, Colorado recorded the three largest wildfires in history, including the Pine Gulch fire.