Fire department collects 85 tons, 444 total loads of yard debris over two weekends.

SUBMITTED PHOTO - The Box Canyon Transfer Station was a busy place over the past two FireFree weekends, when locals dropped off 444 loads of yard debris. The Jefferson County Fire Department helped collect 85 tons of debris, a 50 percent increase over last year. The fire department hosts the annual event.
The final tallies for the successful 2018 Spring FireFree Community Cleanup event show a 50 percent increase over last year's totals.

During the two-weekend event, April 28 and 29, and May 5 and 6, local residents dropped off 661 loads of yard debris, for a grand total of 102.3 tons of product, "which was not burned and emitted into the atmosphere," said Tom Jaca, maintenance captain for the Jefferson County Fire Department, which hosts the event.

The first weekend, 358 loads were dropped off, totaling 62.5 tons, and the second weekend, 303 loads, weighing 39.8 tons.

"This was well over last year's quantities: 444 loads for 85 tons," said Jaca.

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 volunteers," he said. "We would also like to thank Madras Farms for their financial support and also Circle K for their food donations for feeding the event helpers."

"Without coordinated participation from all the above mentioned participants this event would not happen," added Jaca..

The next FireFree event will be held in the fall. The dates will be announced later.

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