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BE91650FAFDBCC988725847A006A21F1 Hearing Summary


Date Sep 19, 2019      
Location HCR 0112

Municipal Perspective on Wildfire Matters - Committee Discussion Only

01:19:18 PM  

Christy Crosser, representing the Town of Estes Park, David Wolf, representing Estes Valley Fire, and Denise Howell, representing the City of Manitou Springs provided a municipal perspective on wildfires.  Chief Wolf discussed the 2012 Woodland Heights fire and the limited destruction due to a quick response.

01:22:23 PM  

Ms. Crosser spoke about the recovery effort after the Woodland Heights fire, including grant and loan programs, multi-agency collaboration, and the need to expand local broadband.  

She also discussed the impact that news and social media has on tourism. 

01:27:40 PM  

Ms. Crosser explained the vulnerability of their communication network during harsh weather conditions and natural disasters, and discussed future opportunites.

01:30:54 PM  

Ms. Crosser mentioned that Estes Park understands the importance of collaboration and has pursued additional partnerships, including joining the Colorado Resiliency and Recovery Network.

01:32:10 PM  

Ms. Crosser indicated that it is importation to have plans, processes, and policies in place in advance of a disaster.

There was a discussion about future mitigation and education.  Chief Wolf said that there are plans with the National Park Service and U.S. Forest Service regarding operations during a fire where there are shared boundaries.

There was a discussion about communication when 911 is down.

01:42:09 PM  

Ms. Howell talked about the City of Manitou Springs including expeiriencing a damaging event (fires and floods) every six years.

01:47:15 PM  

She explained that the City of Manitou Springs has created an integrated community master plan, a hazardous risk assessment, and a mitigation strategy, and mentioned that education is key for businesses, homeowners, and tourists.

01:48:45 PM  

Ms. Howell explained the work Manitou Springs has done on updating planning codes and creating assessments to determine if a property is at risk.

01:49:52 PM  

She explained that the city has met with county emergency management and taken a community approach with fire adapted communities.

01:53:16 PM  

There was a discussion about grant programs for fire mitigation and the 50 percent local match, advanced warning systems for floods and reverse 911 capabilities.