Large-scale wildfire exercise to be held Oct. 1 in Douglas County

A full-scale wildfire exercise will be conducted in the Franktown area of Douglas County Oct. 1.

The exercise, held by the Douglas County Office of Emergency Management, will simulate a fast-moving fire and start about 9:45 a.m. near Colo. 83 and Colo. 86. It will then move into the Burning Tree Subdivision.

The objectives of this exercise will be to test: alert and warning protocols; evacuation plans and protocols; initial response and attack of fire; and emergency operation center and incident management team coordination and operation.

A heavy police and fire response with emergency sirens and lights is expected in the area, and there will also be a heavy presence at Sagewood Middle School where the command center will be located.

Homeowners from a number of Franktown area HOAs will also be part of the exercise, practicing evacuation from their homes to a designated shelter.

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