Unforeseen breaks helped firefighters during 416 Fire

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Unforeseen breaks helped firefighters during 416 Fire

Hurricane Bud’s remnants, timing of fire’s start helped offset tough natural setting
Firefighters bulldozed a line on the right side of this house in Falls Creek Ranch subdivision, northwest of downtown Durango, as part of fire mitigation during the 416 Fire. The line helped stopped the fire from advancing through the subdivision and destroying homes. Every year, residents in the development create defensible space around their homes to help stave off devastating effects of wildfires. This year, it paid off.
Chief Pilot John Whedon of Mountain Blade Runner shows Falls Creek Ranch residents in early May how this helicopter uses a bucket to pick up water out of a pond and then various ways it can drop the water on wildfires. Every year, residents in the development create defensible space around their homes to help stave off devastating effects of wildfires.

Unforeseen breaks helped firefighters during 416 Fire

Firefighters bulldozed a line on the right side of this house in Falls Creek Ranch subdivision, northwest of downtown Durango, as part of fire mitigation during the 416 Fire. The line helped stopped the fire from advancing through the subdivision and destroying homes. Every year, residents in the development create defensible space around their homes to help stave off devastating effects of wildfires. This year, it paid off.
Chief Pilot John Whedon of Mountain Blade Runner shows Falls Creek Ranch residents in early May how this helicopter uses a bucket to pick up water out of a pond and then various ways it can drop the water on wildfires. Every year, residents in the development create defensible space around their homes to help stave off devastating effects of wildfires.
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