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Summit County Government

Posted on: June 20, 2018

Wildfire Prevention Solstice Party June 21

Wildfire Prevention Solstice Party

Summit County to host community event dedicated to wildfire prevention and preparedness

Contact:
Julie Sutor, Summit County Director of Communications, 970-409-9461

SUMMIT COUNTY, CO – Summit County is hosting a Wildfire Prevention Solstice Party on Thursday, June 21. The event will bring community members together in a fun, relaxed atmosphere to learn about wildfire prevention and thank firefighters and other responders who worked on the Buffalo Fire.

“The Buffalo Fire was definitely a stressful event for our entire community, especially for those who had to evacuate,” Summit County Commissioner Dan Gibbs said. “The Wildfire Prevention Solstice party will be a chance for all of us to unwind with friends and family, celebrate the amazingly successful response to the Buffalo Fire and get some great information on wildfire prevention and preparedness. This is going to be a fabulous community event, and we encourage everyone to come.”

This free event will include a mix of informative wildfire education and fun activities for all ages. It will take place from 5-7 p.m., Thursday, June 21, at the Silverthorne Pavilion, 400 Blue River Pkwy. The Pine Beatles, a favorite local bluegrass band, will give a free live performance. The party will also feature corn hole, fire trucks, a bounce house, face painting, food trucks and a visit from Smokey Bear.

Members of the public who would like to thank Buffalo Fire firefighters and other responders can bring homemade posters and signs to the event. Event organizers will put the appreciation posters up throughout the venue space and take photos to send to responder teams.

Experts from Summit County and beyond will host educational booths on a wide variety of wildfire preparedness and prevention topics, including campfire safety, defensible space, fireless camping, emergency preparedness, air quality and outdoor ethics. Booth hosts include the U.S. Forest Service, Summit County Office of Emergency Management, Summit Fire & EMS, Red White & Blue Fire, Summit County Public Health, Wilderness Sports, Friends of the Dillon Ranger District, Summit Association of Realtors, Summit County Sheriff's Office and more.

"Our community has a lot to celebrate on the wildfire preparedness front, especially in the wake of the Buffalo fire," said Summit County CSU Extension Director Dan Schroder. "Fuel breaks work, defensible space works, wildfire planning works, and our partnerships work!"

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