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Apr 24, 2014 3:34 AM by Bob Grotenhuis

Neighbors Urged to Attend Wildfire Meeting Today

COLORADO SPRINGS - The City of Colorado Springs is hosting yet another meeting to increase awareness and preparedness for wildfires.

The neighborhood meeting will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Cheyenne Mountain High School Auditorium on 1200 Cresta Road.

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

Specific topics include:

> Preparedness
> Evacuations
> Public Information During an Emergency
> Fire Operations
> Fire Mitigation
> Insurance (Rocky Mountain Insurance Information Association)

For the past two summers 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 took two lives and destroyed 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.

Besides attending the neighborhood meeting, neighbors are encouraged to download the City's Emergency Preparedness and Safety Guide for information on how to prepare for wildfires and visit www.SpringsGov.com for information on reducing wildfire risk.

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