Wildfires Occur in Small Towns, Too: Are You Ready?

10/01/2011
BY RICHARD GRAEBER Every year we watch in awe as hundreds and thousands of acres of the Intermountain West and the West Coast; timbered hillsides; brush-covered slopes; and, unfortunately, home after home are gobbled up by flamefronts of fire pushed by strong easterly winds. These fires dominate local and national news for days on end; hundreds of engines and aircraft and thousands of personnel are assigned to battle these fires. At some point, we win, Mother Nature relents, or a combination of both occurs and the inferno goes out. (1) Fire approaches a cattle stockyard. [Photos courtesy of Larry Reeves, Crowley County (CO) Office of Emergency Management.] What about the events we...

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