Steamboat Pilot & Today: Reducing wildfire risk
Author: The Steamboat Today Editorial Board - May 17, 2018 - Updated: May 17, 2018
With wildfire season upon us, we were pleased to learn that Routt County has a new weapon in its arsenal of firefighting tools.
Routt County Emergency Management Director Mo DeMorat announced last week the Civil Air Patrol’s Colorado Wing, which is an auxiliary arm of the U.S. Air Force, will be supplying the county with fire watch support and providing information and guidance to local firefighting crews dispatched to fight fires in remote areas this fire season.
DeMorat, who has done a stellar job for the county since his hiring in February 2017, explained that Civil Air Patrol would be used in the case of larger wildfires that are spreading. Pilots could fly over the fire and identify hot spots before they get out of control.