EVFPD To Hold Two Weekends Of Free Residential Slash Collection
To help you prepare for the coming wildfire season, the Estes Valley Fire Protection District is holding two slash drop-off weekends. Property owners within the fire district are encouraged to bring slash to the Town of Estes Park property located at 640 Elm Road during the weekends of May 25/26 and June 1/2 from 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. The site entrance is on the right-side of Elm Road, just beyond the turn off to the Waste Management Transfer Station.
Members of the Fire District will be on-site to collect and chip your slash. Slash consists of tree trimmings, small tree trunks and shrubs that have been removed to create or improve defensible space around structures.
Due to available space and equipment capabilities, please make note of the following:
• Branches/tree trimmings
• Small tree trunks
• Shrubs (no root balls)
• Pine needles, cones and other small yard debris
• Material from businesses/commercial sites
These dates were selected with the hope to serve both the seasonal (who may be up for the Memorial Day weekend) and full-time residents. -moreStart improving the defensible space around your home now!
Fire fighters appreciate all the work property owners do to reduce wildfire hazards before there is an immediate threat. Once a wildfire threatens an area, there isn’t time to do this important mitigation work.
Here are some actions you can take to create a Firewise home with surrounding defensible space.
• Thin continuous tree and brush cover around all structures.
• Clean out gutters and roof areas where pine needles collect regularly.
• Clean pine needles and other debris from under decks and in corners of structures.
• Mow grass and weeds around structures to prevent flames from reaching it.
• Prune tree branches to a height of 8-10 feetto eliminate the possibility of fire reaching the branches.
• Remove any small tree or shrub from under large trees to eliminate a ladder forfire up to the tree branches.
• Stack firewood at least 30 feet away from any structure.
• Post reflective house numbers at the edge of the road so they are clearly visible both day and night.
• Make sure the driveway is at least 12 feet wide and all tree branches are cleared to a height of 14 feet to allow emergency response vehicles safe access to all structures.
For more information on creating defensible space and additional safety measures, contact Sue Pinkham,
EVFPD Wildland/Urban Interface Coordinator at: firstname.lastname@example.org or 970-577-3682.