Wildfire preparedness event Saturday

The Coalition for the Upper South Platte will host an event next month to stimulate wildfire preparedness in the Pikes Peak region.

The 2014 Wildfire Preparedness Kick-Off Event, aimed at creating “fire-adapted communities,” will start at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Ute Pass Cultural Center in Woodland Park, the Coalition said in a news release.

Linda Masterson, an award-winning researcher and author, will deliver a keynote speech at 9:30 a.m. and share “her story of loss and recovery along with a wealth of practical tips to help you reduce your risk and get better prepared for wildfire,” the release said.

The event will also include an open house with interactive demonstration workshops and informational booths aimed at wildfire education and preparedness.

“As evidenced by recent, devastating wildfires, high-intensity wildfire continues to pose a major threat along the Front Range, particularly in the wildland-urban interface,” according to the release. “Proven wildfire mitigation techniques greatly reduce the risk of wildfire to lives and property. When communities have the tools and motivation to proactively work together to reduce wildfire risk, everyone benefits.”

Other event sponsors include the City of Woodland Park, Colorado State Forest Service, the Northeast Teller County Fire District, the National Fire Protection Association, Front Range Fire Adapted Communities, the Woodland Park Friends of the Forest Edge, the U.S. Forest Service and the Nature Conservancy.

The event will conclude at 1 p.m. For more information, visit wphfi.org.