Large wildfire drill in Vail Valley Saturday
Vail, CO Colorado
VAIL VALLEY, Colorado ” Vail Valley emergency workers will prepare for wildfire season with a large training exercise in Edwards Saturday morning.
Local fire and police departments and other agencies will train as if a large fire started by a car crash is threatening homes and forcing evacuations in Lake Creek and Cordillera.
“We all know that practice makes perfect,” said Eric Lovgren, Eagle County’s wildfire mitigation manager. “This exercise gives us a chance to sharpen our skills at all levels in preparation for the upcoming wildfire season.”
The threat of wildfires increases considerably between May 1 and Dec. 1. Lovgren says 75 percent of Eagle County’s wildfires are caused by human activities.
The exercise, which will take place from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., will also test the County’s radio communication network and 911 call-back systems.
The exercise is being led by the Eagle County Office of Emergency Management. Agencies participating include the Eagle River and Greater Eagle fire protection districts, Vail Fire and Emergency Services, the White River National Forest, Eagle River Water and Sanitation District, Cordillera Metro District, Vail Resorts and the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office.
The exercise is part of the Eagle County Wildfire Council’s campaign to educate home owners, residents and visitors about wildfires. The organizations is planning more events this summer.
Additional information on wildfire prevention, open burning regulations, and wildfire situation reports can be found at http://www.eaglecounty.us/commDev/wildfireInfo.cfm
Snow usually comes and goes in this part of the state. A forecasted storm is expected to stick around for a while. Forecasters are calling for snow to persist throughout the weekend in the high country, with a prospect of a couple of feet of powder by the time the storm starts to diminish on Monday.