Residents, experts agree on lessons learned from Waldo Canyon Fire

POSTED: 06:06 PM MDT Mar 24, 2013 
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -

As Colorado Springs residents head into another fire season, they take lessons learned from the past, and from the Waldo Canyon Fire. It's the subject of a report released this week.

The report was put together by the Fire Adapted Communities Mitigation Assessment Team to reduce risk of damage and loss.

Its findings reveal the following, as the biggest lessons learned:

These lessons match what Mountain Shadows residents told KRDO NEWSCHANNEL 13.

Ted Stefani, who lost his home in the fire, said he used more resistant materials in the construction of his new home.

"This house, as opposed to the last, (which) had wood siding, this one has stucco," he said. "The previous house had a wood shingle roof, this one has a composite."

Other residents said the community is working together to help each other have safer homes.