First Slash Collection This Weekend
To help you prepare for the coming wildfire season, the Estes Valley Fire Protection District is hosting three slash drop-off events. From 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. on May 24, 31 and June 1, property owners within the fire district are encouraged to bring slash to the Town of Estes Park property located at 640 Elm Road. The site entrance is on the right-side of Elm Road, just past the turn off to the Waste Management Transfer Station.
Appropriate materials (outlined below) can only be accepted during the designated times within the gated area. Please note that if guidelines are not followed, the Fire District may not be able to host future slash drop-off events.
Slash consists of tree trimmings, small tree trunks and shrubs that have been removed to create or improve defensible space around structures.
• Branches/tree trimmings
• Small tree trunks
• Shrubs (no root balls)
• Pine needles, cones and other small yard debris
• Flood debris
• Material from businesses/commercial sites
EVFPD extends thanks to the volunteers working these events and to the Town of Estes Park for providing the drop-off location and assistance with moving materials.
Start 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.
• Clean pine needles and other debris from under decks and in corners of structures.
• Mow grass and weeds around structures.
• Prune tree branches to eliminate the possibility of fire reaching the branches.
• Remove any small tree or shrub from under large trees to eliminate a ladder for fire 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.
To have a Residential Firewise Risk Assessment completed for your property, please contact the Fire District at 970-577-0900.