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'Smokejumper' book discussion and expert panel to focus on wildfire prevention and mitigation
ContactJoyce Dierauer, Director, Summit County Library, 970-668-4130SUMMIT COUNTY – The Summit Reads Committee will host a panel discussion Wednesday evening on wildfire preparedness. Community members are invited to hear from local experts on key strategies that Summit County residents can use to protect their family members and homes from wildfire.
Summit County Library Director Joyce Dierauer will lead a discussion of the book "Smokejumper," by Jason A. Ramos and Julian Smith. The event will take place at 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, May 23, in the Buffalo Mountain Room at the Summit County Commons, 0037 Peak One Dr., Frisco. It is the fourth and final installment of this year's Summit Reads Community Project.
"The Peak 2 and Tenderfoot 2 fires last summer served as reminders that wildfire is a very real hazard in the high country," Dierauer said. "Wildfire prevention and mitigation efforts are cost-effective strategies to reduce our vulnerabilities. We hope this book will help inspire our residents to prepare for Summit County's next wildfire."
The wildfire panel will include representatives from Summit County CSU Extension; Red, White and Blue Fire District; and Summit Fire & EMS. Topics will include household evacuation kits, defensible space, free wildfire-mitigation property inspections and more. Summit Fire & EMS will also have a wildland firefighting crew on hand, with their equipment, so that attendees can learn about their work.
Each spring, Summit County Library, The Next Page Bookstore, the Rotary Club of Summit County and Colorado Mountain College sponsor a countywide reading experience. The project provides an opportunity for the Summit County community and students to read a book of local relevance that stimulates dialogue related to the book's theme.
"The committee's goal this year is to get our community talking about wildfire and how to prepare for it. This book takes readers into the world of a smokejumper and allows them to explore the dangers of the job, fighting wildfires across the country in all kinds of weather and terrain," Dierauer said.
Copies of "Smokejumper" are available for purchase at all branches of Summit County Library and the Next Page. The book can also be ordered through the library catalogue with a Summit County Library Card.
For more information about this program, visit www.summitcountylibraries.org, or contact Joyce Dierauer at 970-668-4130.