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Dental profession responds to wildfires

July 03, 2012

By Karen Fox, ADA News staff

The profession is coming together to help dentists affected by the devastating wildfires in the Western states.

At press time, Colorado, New Mexico, Montana, Utah, Wyoming, Arizona and South Dakota were all being affected.

The Colorado Dental Association has been coordinating special services for members impacted by the fires. So far CDA has provided one waiver (dues refund) to a dentist who lost her home, and several others are in the works. CDA is working with the ADA Department of Membership Information to coordinate the waivers.

CDA is also alerting dentists in the area about the ADA Foundation’s Disaster Assistance Grant Program.

In Colorado Springs last week, the Waldo Canyon fire that forced evacuations from the city destroyed about 250 homes. The Colorado Dental Association is maintaining close communication with component societies in Colorado Springs and Intermountain to assess members’ needs there.

CDA also reports that dentists outside the fire zones are sharing their offices with dentists who have lost theirs.

CNN reports that it could be mid-July before the fire is fully under control. According to the U.S. Forest Service on July 2, the fire was 70 percent contained.