John Van Doren of Bailey stands by a slash pile that was the result of more than 200 hours of work by the KZ Ranch Mountain Community HOA doing wildfire mitigation. He has drawn on the experience of Black Forest residents to further local efforts. (Photo courtesy of Debi Van Doren)

For one man in a Colorado foothills town, watching the Black Forest wildfire explode was almost like looking in the mirror.

In Bailey, John Van Doren invited Black Forest residents to speak there in the hope that he and his neighbors might benefit from lessons learned. That led to a plan.

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