Gov. Hickenlooper will speak at a community forum on forest health and the risk of wildfire hosted by Summit County government at 10:30 a.m. today at the Summit County Community and Senior Center. "We are thrilled that the governor can attend," County Commissioner Karn Stiegelmeier stated in a recent release. "He has unique insight on forest health issues and the planning, mitigation and response to wildfires that complement what we have been doing here in Summit County." The event is free and the public is invited to attend. There will be a brief Q&A session.Drought conditions this year have put further stress on the more than 140,000 acres of pine-beetle impacted forests in the county. "The county, towns, local fire districts and homeowner associations have formed a strong partnership and action plan with state and federal agencies to reduce the threat of a major wildfire and developed comprehensive plans to protect people and property in the event one were to occur in Summit County," Commissioner Dan Gibbs stated. The forum will cover efforts under way in the county to improve forest health and reduce the risk of wildfire. The governor is expected to address the aftermath of the catastrophic wildfires seen across Colorado this summer that burned hundreds of thousands of acres and killed three people. He may also discuss the state's plans and improvements for future response and prevention efforts.
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