Time To Prepare For Wildfire Season Is Now


Hello again, fellow Creekers.

Glori Surman passed all of the necessary certifications and is now Christopher Creek’s newest Real Estate agent. She works at the ERA Young-Realty office. Congratulations, Glori!

“Calling all people with an idea to make money.” Sometime in April, I plan to lend myself and maybe a handful of volunteers (probably other business folks from the Chamber of Commerce) to anyone considering or wanting to start a business (or existing businesses looking for some ideas or networking opportunities).

I’ll be happy to go over any ideas and offer my very candid advice and try and help point folks in the right direction. Between Christopher Creek Lodge and the Grey Hackle Lodge we handle over 5,000 guests annually.

I believe this represents a tremendous opportunity for ancillary businesses or services. I’ve already spoken with a few folks, and the future of Christopher Creek is looking brighter and brighter.

The Roundup will be having a “Progress Edition” before too long, where I hope to provide more details on this information.

It may seem silly, but it is time to start thinking and preparing for wildfire season already. In fact, parts of the Southeast U.S. and New Mexico have already had wildland fires this year.

According to some sources at the U.S. Forest Service, this could be the worst season in the last 30 years.

The Christopher Kohl’s Fire Department is starting refresher training, and updating the Red Zone Firewise mapping. This month we are updating the software, the crews should be out in March evaluating, and scoring properties so we can plan. If any resident wants advice on how to improve their property, score and reduce the risk of fire damage, give us a call.

If any Christopher Kohl’s Fire District resident has debris such as pine needles, tree trimmings, leaves or other natural debris, the fuels reduction trailer is available.

We cannot haul construction or household debris. Unfortunately, that grant has run out so we have to charge $30 per load. Contact Rick Schantz at (928) 478-4877 for more information and to schedule a pick-up time.

Please check out our website ckfire.org, we are updating the “News” tab with stories and information of interest. Any time the county emergency operations center opens, or during local storms and wildland fire, we will try to keep it updated with information.

As always, I do need your help with content and stories! For anyone wanting to submit information from the Christopher Creek area for inclusion in our weekly article, please email me at: info@christophercreeklodge.com. Any submitted pictures must be full-size (typically around 1MB per picture). The cutoff time for inclusion in Friday’s article is close of business on Monday.


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