Senator Mark Udall says it is great to hear that many of the Colorado wildfires are getting closer to being contained. But, he says, there is still things we can do to prevent others from happening.
The senator says there is some tips all Coloradans can follow to prevent another man made fire from starting. He suggests that people who live in the red zones have an evacuation plan in place, and own a weed wacker and rake to remove all the flammable material from around their homes.
Senator Udall says the most important thing to do is recreate responsibly. Meaning no fires, or using guns, or fireworks. And he says this means listening to local fire bans too.
"When the sheriff says no fireworks, no open fires and lets be cautious the sheriff isn't doing that because he's a kill joy," senator Udall said. "The sheriff's doing that because he knows the conditions are at an all time high. Our landscapes are tender boxes right now and we want to prevent any future fires from occurring."
Just recently senator Udall led the effort in congress to make sure Colorado has additional state of the art tankers.
The bill was passed and signed by president Obama. It will bring on eight new tankers in the next 60 days to help fight the fires.
While Udall was in town he also visited the BLM hanger where the air tanker and helicopters being used in fighting all the states wildfires are stored. He says he wanted to personally thank the pilots.