Sep 29 2022


5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Speaker Series: Grand County Community Fire Mitigation Program

River Journey Speaker Series (back in person!)

Take action to prevent wildfire risks now—we’ll teach you how!

With cooler weather and the incoming winter season, autumn is a great time to mitigate fire hazards, especially near building structures. Join us, along with East Grand Fire, Grand Fire, and the Grand County Wildfire Council, for an informational program providing resources and steps you can take to reduce the risk of a wildfire consuming your property. We will assess the risks around your property, recognize wildfire dangers, and create a defensible space through your own mitigation responsibilities.

Hear From Our Experts:

Alexis Kimbrough, Interim Director of Emergency Management, Grand County

A graphic designer by schooling, Alexis started with the County in 2018 as the Communications Coordinator. In addition to leading the re-design of the County’s website and serving as the 2020 Complete Count Committee chair for the census, she was the County’s Public Information Officer (PIO) for our COVID-19 response, and the Emergency Operations Center Manager for the East Troublesome Fire. Just before the fire started in September of 2020, Alexis moved to Grand County Emergency Management as the Deputy Director, where she was nominated as the Colorado Emergency Management Associations Rookie of the Year award in 2020. She now serves as Interim Director.


Schelly Olson, Founder & Formerly of Grand County Wildfire Council:

Schelly Olson is the founder of the nonprofit Grand County Wildfire Council and the retired Assistant Chief of Grand Fire Protection District. She is currently a wildfire public information officer and is passionate about working toward a “Fire Adapted Grand County” — to prevent the loss of life and property in our communities.


Brad White, Fire Chief, Grand Fire Protection District 1:

Chief White is the fire chief at Grand Fire Protection District, based in Granby, Colorado. Chief White brings two decades of fire experience and many years of working with the community and federal agencies on wildland fire issues, mitigation, and fuels projects in Grand County. Chief White has been has been proactive on education, training and response in Grand County, participating in most of Grand County’s larger profile events.  Chief White is also a founding member of the Grand County Wildfire Council and has sat on several state and regional committees including the Colorado Division of Fire Prevention & Control Wildland Advisory Committee, Craig Interagency Dispatch Advisory Group, Colorado State Fire Chiefs’ Statewide Mutual Aid Committee, CSFC Volunteer and Combination Officer Section, has chaired the Colorado State Fire Chiefs’ Wildland Section, and is currently serving on the Colorado Fire Commission Sub Committee on Coordination of Fire Based Resources and sits on the Executive Board of Colorado State Fire Chiefs Association.


Ryan Mowery, Assistant Fire Marshall, East Grand Fire Protection District 4

Lieutenant Ryan Mowrey works in the Fire Prevention Bureu as the Assistant Fire Marshal for East Grand Fire Protection District. In addition to working in fire prevention, he’s also an operational firefighter both in the structure and wildland interfaces. His certifications span all of these positions as well: Fire Inspector I, Fire (Arson) Investigation Technician (FIT), Colorado Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), CO Firefighter 2 (CO FF2), Wildfire Firefighter Type 1 and 2 (FFT1, FFT2), Ice Rescue Technician, Incident Commander Type 5 (ICT5). He also works closely with surrounding fire protection districts, and the Grand County Wildfire Council preforming wildfire hazard reviews, FireWise assessments, and responding mutual aid for fire suppression operations.
He grew up in Grand County and currently lives in Fraser. He’s been with EGFPD since 2017


This program is free, however, donations are welcome.

Registration Requested | All Ages Welcome | $5 Suggested Donation


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730 Baker Drive
Winter Park, CO 80482

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Winter Park, CO 80482

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Holli Riebel | Executive Director