Volunteers work to remove dead trees, brush from areas vulnerable to wildfires

Posted at 2:28 PM, Jun 24, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-24 20:05:16-04

LAKEWOOD, Colo. -- Residents living around the Green Mountain area are grateful to have some relief. 

Eight suspicious fires have happened within the last year, and volunteers spent Saturday removing dead trees and brush to lower the risk of wildfires near homes in the area. 

Ed McKenna, a Lakewood resident, said the dead trees are concerning to residents. 

"It's dangerous, especially since all the dry stuff right up to the back of the houses and the older trees, they can go up just like that," said McKenna. 

The most recent wildfire happened just down the street from McKenna. Fire investigators still don't know what caused the eight brush fires that burned around Green Mountain last year. 

Volunteers with Team Rubicon and the West Metro Fire Rescue spent Saturday cutting dead trees in the community. 

Chris Dooley, a volunteer, said they usually focus on disaster relief. Wildfire mitigation is new to them. The organization is made up of veterans. 

"We're still serving our country, we're still serving neighborhoods and communities," said Dooley. "We get to work hard and I think there's something very healthy and invigorating about that."