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Slash Collection At Stanley Park Fairgrounds

From: Sue Pinkham spinkhaml@estes.org

The Estes Valley Fire Protection District will be providing a free spring slash collection on April 28th, May 5th, and May 12th. A slash collection site will be available at Stanley Park Fairgrounds next to barn “W” beginning Saturday, April 28. The hours of the collection are 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The access to the barn “W” area is from 4th Street, south of the Senior Center.

In addition to the collection of tree trimmings, tree trunks, shrubs, and slash created to provide defensible spaces, a container will be provided to accept a limited amount of pine needles and cones. To be accepted, all pine needles and cones must be contained within paper lawn & leaf bags. Bring the bags early as no additional bags will be accepted once the container has been filled.

The Estes Valley Fire Protection District appreciates the voluntary steps homeowners take to create and maintain defensible spaces around their homes. It is important to remember the first line of defense against a wildfire is the steps you take as a property owner to create and maintain defensible spaces.

Here are some of the things property owners can do to create defensible spaces:

• 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 feet to eliminate the possibility of fire reaching the branches (ladder fuels) and burning the tree and possibly reaching the structure.

• Remove any small tree or shrub from under large trees to prevent fire from reaching 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.

If you have any questions on the slash collection or for more information on creating defensible spaces, contact Sue Pinkham at spinkham@estes.org or (970)577-3682.

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