GOLDEN, Colo. (CBS4) – The new fire chief for the City of Golden is no stranger to the dangers of wildfires, especially the kind that are happening now in California.

Alicia Welch (credit: CBS)

Alicia Welch served for the Los Angeles Fire Department for 26 years. She was named the new fire chief for the Golden Fire Department.

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She’s also the first female fire chief for Golden.

Welch retired from her position in California last year and moved to Golden. That’s when she applied for the position.

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Wildfire Resources

– Visit CBSDenver.com’s Colorado Wildfire section.

Wildfire Photo Galleries

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– See images from the most destructive wildfires (Black Forest, Waldo Canyon, High Park and Fourmile), the deadliest (Storm King) and largest wildfire (Hayman) in Colorado history.