Originally Published: May 8, 2014 8:02 p.m.
I have had several reminders this winter and spring, concerning the Doce Fire - the blaze that topped Granite Mountain and roared toward my home and hundreds of others.
Yes, it was a fire that no one thought would move as quickly or as far as it did, but the firefighters stopped it right? In speaking with some neighbors, I am a bit worried about perceptions; meaning, the thought that since the fire cleaned out the forest there, "why worry"?
A few people have said that, basing their opinion on the idea that we will not see another fire like the Doce because the forest's undergrowth is gone. "We're good for 10, 20 or 30 years."
I don't think so.
In the 11 months since the Doce, which charred 6,767 acres and threatened 460 homes, the grasses and brush have recovered. And they are now dry.
The city, county and forest are already under fire restrictions because of a very dry winter.
And, it may be too late to create defensible space: a friend received a warning from the fire department for using his weed-eater this past weekend. Why? It is a device, like so many others, that can create sparks.
Read the Courier also about the recent fires - one north of the airport that torched hundreds of acres, and the line of blazes today likely caused by a trailer's loose chain.
So, on that note, here are the questions: with the one-year anniversary of the Doce Fire's start just weeks away, do you feel safe? Are you worried about this fire season? No matter where you live, how have you protected your property? What have you witnessed regarding fire restrictions being ignored?
Personally, I am nervous.
Please share your thoughts.