Drought - Fire - Flood Email Forum

Re: Fire

John Winchester (
Thu, 26 Oct 2000 09:25:18 -0600

On 26 Oct 2000, at 0:07, Len Wright wrote:

> The counter argument is that people's risk perceptions may be very
> incorrect. The "it won't happen to me" philosophy. And if the hazard
> only rears it's head every 50 or 100 years, then the individual may
> think they will be safe if they keep their fingers crossed.

My experience on the Sugar Loaf fire deparment is that new
residents in the mountains fall into two groups: those that are
totally clueless about the risks of mountain living, haven't given fire
protection (or any emergency response) a single thought, and are
surprised when they find out the fire department can't control every
situation, and those that came from rural areas and assume the
local fire dept can do nothing. I've heard lots of comments from the
second group about how you if live in the mountains, you get good
insurance and take your chances.

> Do the
> homes that were threatened near Walker Ranch receive their water from
> Gross Reservoir?

I don't think so. Gross Reservoir is owned by Denver Water and is used to
store / regulate water brought over from Winter Park through the Moffat tunnel.

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