Grand Junction, Colo. (KKCO) – The federal government has given Colorado and 14 other states $67 million to help with recovery from last year’s forest fires. Colorado will receive $19 million in wildfire relief.
It's a reminder of how devastating wildfires can be and how brave the crews are that battle the blaze. Right now officials are getting ready for the fire season that is upon us.
The firefighters are training with hand tools, chainsaws, field equipment and hoses, and air support crews are checking the mechanics on the airplanes and getting organized for the fire season.
The crews that fight the fires are reminded that there is a degree of risk that comes with their job. Each summer on July 6, the firefighters pause for a moment of silence remembering the 14 firefighters that lost their lives fighting the Storm King Mountain Wildfire in Canyon Creek.
Officials say they need the public's help in locating fires this season. If you see a fire, it's important to call the Bureau of Land Management at 970-244-3000 or 911 as soon as you can.