Former Bock Road makes difference in Red Rock fire

       A recent open house at the Old Colorado City History Center focused on the Bock family's contributions to Red Rock Canyon during the 80 years they owned what is now a city open space.

Smoke from the March 14 fire on a ridge in Red Rock Canyon Open Space can be seen in this shot taken from 30th Street.
Travers Jordan photo – special to Westside Pioneer

       Not selected for praise was the former landfill west of 26th Street, but the availability of the dirt road the Bocks built to it was crucial the afternoon of March 14 when a grass fire broke out in that otherwise-remote part of the 790-acre property.
       The roughly quarter-mile road, which has been retained by City Parks as an open-space trail connection, was used by several fire trucks for access from 26th. According to Station 5 Captain Patrick Rogacki, the proximity allowed the trucks to get close enough to the fire that they could attach hoses to the tanks in their trucks and put water on it.
       “We were very fortunate to have those water resources available,” he said, noting that without them firefighters would have had to battle the blaze with hand tools.
       As a result, the fire on the ridge covered only five acres and “didn't spread too far from the part of origin,” Rogacki said.
       A fire press release stated that despite the “warm and windy” conditions, “CSFD was able to quickly contain the fire and had it under control within two hours. The fire did not threaten any structures.”
       Fire investigators have identified the cause of the fire as a model rocket, which had been set off in that area.
       “With wildfire danger being a year-round threat, CSFD asks the community to please be extremely careful while outdoors and to use good judgment while enjoying our beautiful parks and open space,” the press release adds.

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