Fire mitigation workday at Red Rock July 28

       A fire mitigation workday is scheduled in the Red Rock Canyon Open Space Saturday, July 28.
       Volunteers are needed. A lunch (provided by a Westside restaurant) will be provided.
       Registration will be from 7:30 to 8 a.m., with work planned until 11:30 a.m.
       According to Dave Dombach of the Friends of Red Rock Canyon, volunteer crews will clear away dead brush, scrub oak, elms and any trash in the area south of the pavilion.
       At noon, a presentation about mitigation and how it can starve a fire will be given by the Colorado Springs Fire Department.
       Dombach said the workday is in response to the recent Waldo Canyon Fire, which burned more than 18,000 acres.
       Mitigation in the Cedar Heights subdivision, scarcely a mile from Red Rock, has been credited for helping save the houses there.
       The work July 28 is just a start on mitigation. Two neighboring city-owned open spaces (White Acres and Section 16) have even more dead vegetation, he said.
       Additional information is at redrockcanyonopenspace.org. To preregister, call 306-4698 or e-mail Dombach at colorado-dombach@gmail.com.

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