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Nevada's experiment with early caucusing is underway until tomorrow. Some candidates plus some Nevada Culinary Workers Union Local 226 members oppose Medicare for All, but Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders defends it, with a study just published making the case for it.

Fire Chief: Ways to Avoid 'Getting Burned' This Wildfire Season

June 28, 2007

Today more Coloradans are trying to be at "one with the wilderness," or at least live nearby, and that means the threat of wildfire is greater than ever in the so-called "Wildland-Urban Interface." Most of Summit County is an interface area, and Dillon fire chief Dave Parmley says there are ways to help protect homes from a nightmare blaze like the one currently scorching communities near Lake Tahoe.

“Prune up what trees you do maintain for landscaping is very important. If you do have grass, keep it cut and trimmed. Do not have firewood stacked up to the house or even wooden walkways that lead up to the house from the forest.”

Earlier this week, firefighters contained a wildfire on the YMCA property near Granby. Over 250 wildfires have already been reported in Colorado so far this year.

“The biggest concern is certainly having that defensible space in place and adequate access to get into your home. If you do have to come down a longer driveway, [make sure] there's turnaround space and ability for fire equipment to maneuver.”

Parmley notes that the upcoming 4th of July holiday is a time to be especially cautious when it comes to fire safety.

“Whether it's not paying attention to a campfire or just the careless discharging of a cigarette butt as you go down the road, or playing with fireworks in forested areas -- all those should be avoided.”

He adds that all illegal use of fireworks should be reported to law enforcement, especially in forested areas.

Eric Mack, Public News Service - CO