GRAND JUNCTION, Colo (KKCO) Congressman Tipton wanted to recognize the brave men and women who have been fighting these fires across Colorado, and determine the necessary steps to make sure they're safe and ways crews can work to get these fires extinguished. Congressman Tipton says there are a lot of effective measures in place right now, but says it's critical to mitigate these current situations; especially when looking at the long term impacts of fires like the Pine Ridge in De Beque.
"We've had fires that apparently are hot enough that they've literally sterilized the soil, meaning that we aren't going to see rapid recovery in vegetation. When we do get some rains that are going to come in, the potential leaching of top soils, debris, and ash ks going to be getting down into the Colorado river," says Tipton.
Congressman Tipton also says there is a lot of dead, standing and fallen timber that is a fuel source for the next lightning strike. He wants to address those issues as well.