Fire Mitigation Events

April Saws & Slaws News

by Heather Hanson /  Jody Dickson

Here in the Wildland Urban Interface, if you survived daylight Savings time, you know it’s a good time to change batteries and replace fire extinguishers. Relocate those buckets, hoses and ladders. Spring is springing. It’s time to get together your hand tools. Maybe get a Pulaski? What’s a Pulaski? A pulaski is a hand tool used by firefighters to create a fire line. Part axe and part adze this solid manual tool is handy for breaking up compacted soil around your house. Do you have a pulaski? Post it to our facebook page ( and join us this weekend, at a discount, for the Chainsaw Safety Class! Also remember to plan on the Wildfire Prevention Workshop coming up later this month. Happy Spring!

Wildfire Preparedness Workshop

April 27th, 2019 9 am – 1 pm


In this comprehensive wildfire workshop, we will present the latest information that will help you prepare for a wildfire in our community. Much continues to be learned after the devastating fires of the last few years, so it is important to stay informed of the current recommendations around how to prepare, how to reduce the negative impacts and how to survive those impacts when they happen. Since we live in a fire-adapted ecosystem, we know that it is a question of when, not if, a fire impacts our community.

We will be covering:

– mitigating your structure and landscape

– specific risks for Coal Creek Canyon

– preparing for evacuation, including for your pets & animals

– ensuring you have adequate insurance coverage

– resources to help with all of the above!

Presentations will be made by: Boulder County Wildfire Partners, Boulder/Jeffco/Gilpin County Emergency Managers, Coal Creek Canyon Fire Rescue, Saws & Slaws and more! (It takes a village to serve our community!)

We choose to live in our beautiful Wildland Urban Interface (WUI)). This session will help us be good stewards of each of our little pieces of it to the benefit of our forests, fire fighters and community!

We look forward to see you there. Be sure to invite your neighbors, too!!

April Events

RESERVE YOUR SPOT: Chainsaw Skills & Safety Class

We have confirmed April 6th and 7th for our annual Chainsaw Skills and Safety class.  This is a two-day course featuring a classroom introduction, saw maintenance and field work.  Even experienced sawyers said they have learned from this class.  This class is REQUIRED if you are interested in becoming a sawyer at a Saws & Slaws event.  Thanks to a generous grant from United Power, the per student fee has been reduced from $250 to $150 per student.  These fees cover the costs of the instructors and insurance for the two-day class.  SPACE IS LIMITED, so if you are interested, reserve your spot online through our website or Facebook page or contact Jody Dickson,, 303-588-6639.  For a limited number of students, there is an opportunity to work off the fees of the class at Saws and Slaws events.  Contact Jody for more information.

2019 Season Applications Now Open

Saws and Slaws is now taking applications for neighborhood events for 2019. Now is the time to talk to your neighbors about getting on the schedule for next Spring and Summer. Get out, connect with those in your proximity, and vow to get your properties safer and healthier. Got questions? Call Us! (303) 642-0273. .

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