- Associated Press - Sunday, March 30, 2014

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) - Officials in an area hit by deadly fire in 2013 are urging neighbors to work together to prevent another disaster.

The Gazette reported (https://tinyurl.com/lox6hdb ) Sunday on an evaluation over the weekend for six adjacent properties in a neighborhood south of the area where the Black Forest fire destroyed more than 14,000 acres and killed two people in 2013.

Last year, the Black Forest Fire/Rescue Protection District conducted 100 individual assessments aimed at getting people to make their property less vulnerable to fire. This year, officials say they want to encourage neighbors to work together to create what they call mutual protection zones. The assessment Saturday was the first under the new initiative.

Information from: The Gazette, gazette.com


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