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In the third of KSJD's four-part spring series on wildfire preparedness, Tom Yoder talks with Rebecca Samulski, Montezuma Chapter Coordinator for Firewise of Southwest Colorado, about evacuation plans, initial steps in creating defensible space around property, and what to do if you plan an agricultural burn.

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When the Weber Fire broke out in June of 2012, some property owners in the path of the wildfire were in the unique position of waiting to see how their wildfire mitigation efforts from years before would work. In the second of KSJD's four-part series on wildfire preparedness, KSJD's Tom Yoder talks with Philip Walters and Jeff Schaffer about their personal stories from the Weber Fire, and how they ultimately ended up with national awards for their wildfire mitigation efforts.

The Wildfire Season Outlook for 2016

Apr 4, 2016
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Despite a relatively wet winter the reality of wildfires is still something we all need to be prepared for as the 2016 fire season quickly approaches. In the first of KSJD's four-part series on wildfire preparedness, Tom Yoder talks with Rebecca Samulski, Montezuma Chapter Coordinator for Firewise of Southwest Colorado, about current wildfire conditions and how land owners can start planning now to ensure they are ready in the event of a wildfire near their homes and other property.

  • Montezuma County Commissioners are adamantly opposed to a national monument designation along the Dolores River corridor.
  • National Fire Protection Association has awarded four $500 grants for wildfire projects in southwest Colorado.

  • Montezuma County moves into 2016 on a budget of more than $38 million.


  • Fire-mitigation consultant calls for Montezuma County to do more to ensure that people moving into wildfire-prone areas create defensible space around their homes.
  • Forest Service ordered to release more documents related to a land swap that would give highway access for the controversial Village at Wolf Creek.


Climate, Weather, and Wildfire

Jun 24, 2015
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Weather and climate are many times used interchangeably, but are really terms used to explain different phenomena. KSJD's Tom Yoder talks with Rebecca Samulski, Montezuma Chapter Coordinator for Firewise of Southwest Colorado about the important differences in weather and climate, how they are considered in wildfire forecasts, and the potential for wildfire in the Four Corners area as temperatures begin to soar.

National Wildfire Community Preparedness Day

Apr 27, 2015
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With continuing drought across the Four Corners area, it is critical that we work to protect our homes, neighborhoods, and communities from the devastation of wildfire. KSJD's Tom Yoder talks with Rebecca Samulski, Montezuma Chapter Coordinator for FireWise of Southwest Colorado, about how you can be better prepared for wildfire, and join in events happening on National Wildfire Community Preparedness Day on May 2nd.

Creating Wildfire-Adapted Communities

Mar 30, 2015
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As spring weather brings warmer temperatures and windy conditions to the Four Corners area, the danger of wildfire is increasing. KSJD's Tom Yoder talks with Rebecca Samulski, Montezuma Chapter Coordinator for FireWise of Southwest Colorado, about what the spring wildfire outlook is looking like, how they are helping homeowners prepare for wildfires, and why fire-adapted communities are an important aspect of being resilient in the face of an inevitable wildfire.

KSJD Airs Wildfire Series

Jun 9, 2014
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Whether you live in the wildland-urban interface where the threat of wildfire to your home and property are greatest, or you live in a city or town and use public lands for recreation, the danger of wildfire in the Four Corners area affects all of us.

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