During two weekends, the fire department helped collect 586 loads of yard debris at the Box Canyon Transfer Station.

HOLLY M. GILL - The FireFree weekend collections successfully gathered 586 loads of debris.Over the past two weekends, 586 loads of yard debris have been turned in at the the Box Canyon Transfer Station, as part of the 2017 Fall FireFree Community Clean-up.

The event, held Oct. 28 and 29, and Nov. 4 and 5, collected a total of 101.5 tons of debris, "which was not burned and emitted into the atmosphere," said Capt. Tom Jaca, of the Jefferson County Fire Department.

The department received 345 loads of yard debris, which weighed 43 tons, the first weekend, and 241 loads, which weighed 58.5 tons, last weekend.

"A special thank you goes out to Madras Sanitary Service, Jefferson County Adult and Juvenile Community Justice Departments, Jefferson County Public Works and Jefferson County Fire District students and volunteers," said Jaca. "Without coordinated participation from all the above mentioned participants, this event would not happen."

The next FireFree event will held in the spring of 2018. The dates will be announced later.

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