Pat Tormey recognized for wildfire safety efforts |

Pat Tormey recognized for wildfire safety efforts

Patti Maguire, Summit County wildfire mitigation officer

The Summit County Wildfire Mitigation Program, representing Summit County government and the Summit Fire Authority would like to recognize the outstanding efforts of Pat Tormey of Ruby Ranch. She has worked tirelessly throughout her community in the area of wildfire prevention and fuels reduction.

I met Pat about two years ago, when she asked me to do a presentation for her Ruby Ranch homeowners association. She has always recognized the possibility of wildfire danger around her community.

Taking the lead and setting an example on her property, Pat has removed dead and down woody debris, thinned vegetation to break up crown continuity, removed ladder fuels and created defensible space around her home.

Pat has also spearheaded woody debris and slash pickups around Ruby Ranch. She initiated the hiring of the Summit County High School football team to come and help with slash removal. Athletes earned a little money, and the wildfire hazard on the ranch has been further reduced.

Pat’s accomplishments might not have been realized without extensive research and dedication on her part. She has taken the initiative to educate herself on wildfire issues.

Additionally, she has worked with the Lake Dillon Fire Protection District to identify potential hazards and create a wildfire emergency response plan for Ruby Ranch.

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