Additionally, after some pre-canvassing by Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue, Team Rubicon helped with education and outreach at the Fairview neighborhood. This critical area would be one of the first stops for a wildfire coming down the mountain. Unfortunately, only 4 households were interested in a no-cost Home Ignition Zone (HIZ) assessment, which is not a great indicator that our local residents take the threat of wildfire seriously. It is, however, a firm indicator that we have a lot of work ahead of us.
To support the deployment, Routt County Wildfire Mitigation Council ran a fundraiser to cover all of Team Rubicon’s meals and treated the crew to a night out at Steamboat Pro Rodeo. More than $10,000 was raised in a short timeframe by our wonderfully generous community, along with free rodeo tickets, snacks by Honey Stinger, discounted catering by Sharon Stone and additional meal and lodging support from Steamboat Resort!
One result of the community’s response is that Team Rubicon is already discussing another deployment next year… potentially for a whole week!
Thanks, Team Rubicon… we’re beyond grateful for the consideration and the partnership.