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Tips for dealing with the stress caused by Colorado’s wildfire season

Craig Press staff report

Looking across Highway 82 toward El Jebel, the night sky turns orange from the Lake Christine Fire following a wind shift, with forced additional evacuations in the area July 4.

Recent fires have many Coloradan on edge, and the stress and anxiety they feel are not likely to go away for the rest of this hot, dry summer.

Mind Springs Health has offered direct help to impacted communities and tips for anyone struggling with the stress of one of Colorado’s worst wildfire seasons.

“Our mission is to deeply care about and care for our communities, and these fearful times both inspire and motivate us to be there for everyone impacted,” according to a recent blog from the agency describing how it deployed a mobile mental health team this summer to help during the Lake Christine Fire.

“We also went door-to-door throughout the El Jebel Mobile Home Park the day after residents were allowed to return home to make sure that everyone was OK, see if anything was needed, and let everyone know of the support available to them. After stopping by almost 300 homes, some just feet away from the fire line, we learned that El Jebelians are very resilient — a valuable coping skill,” the blog stated.

Mind Springs Mobile Mental Health Crisis Command Team responds immediately and collaborates with local and federal organizations, such as FEMA and the Red Cross, to comfort, soothe, and care for victims in the field and in evacuation shelters. The team is also accessible 24/7/365 tollfree at 888-207-4004.

This wildfire season is not likely to end any time soon.

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To prepare and minimize the risk or help cope with the emotional impacts, Mind Springs recommends the following sources.

readyforwildfire.org — information about how to safeguard material things.

Coping with Disasters — ideas and guidance about dealing with emotional impacts.

First responders are encouraged to visit "Self-Care for Disaster Response Workers."