May is wildfire awareness month, and Colorado officials are urging residents to protect themselves and their community from wildfire.

The Colorado State Forest Service recommends the following wildfire preparation activities:

• Rake and remove pine needles and dry leaves 5 feet from the home, as well as under decks, porches, sheds and play structures.

• Remove leaves and needles from roofs and gutters.

• Sweep porches and decks clear of any burnable plant material.

• Move firewood piles at least 30 feet from the house, preferably uphill.

• Transfer items under decks or porches to a storage area.

• Cover any exposed eave or attic vents with 1/8-inch metal mesh screening.

• Ensure home address signs are clearly visible from the street.

• Contact the Montrose County office of emergency management at 970-252-4043 to register for emergency notifications and encourage your friends, family and neighbors to do the same.

• Confirm at least one alternate path out of your neighborhood other than the one most commonly used and be prepared for potential evacuation requiring the alternative route.

What are you doing to prepare for the summer and fall? Do you have any recommendations for your neighbors (or your NABURs)?

San Miguel County Sheriff's Office
San Miguel County Sheriff's Office