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Colorado Project Wildfire

Reduce and Prevent Destruction of Land, Property, and Lives by Raising Awareness

Colorado Project Wildfire

Over the past two decades, frequent, large, destructive wildfires have claimed hundreds of thousands of acres of land, damaged or destroyed hundreds of homes and structures, caused deaths and injuries and displaced residents for extended periods of time. With continued development throughout the state’s Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) areas, estimated to grow by 300 percent in the next 15 years, the wildfire threat is real and it is not going away. Project Wildfire is designed to reduce and/or prevent the destruction of land, property and lives by raising awareness and educating residents throughout our state.

  • In the face of long-term risk, Colorado REALTORS® believe that education combined with monetary incentives, along with access to local resources, are the most effective ways to address future wildfire damage and avoid unproven, unreliable legal mandates and policies which may be proposed to address the issues.

 

  • Colorado REALTORS® are working in partnership with other like-minded fire prevention organizations across our state to bring education and awareness, as well as access to resources directly to residents in their local communities.

 

  • Without proactive steps by homeowners, there is a strong potential for an increase in property related expenses including higher transactional costs and taxes, as well as rising insurance premiums for both residents in WUI areas and throughout the state.

 

  • Colorado REALTORS® support the idea of creating incentives (tax deductions or credits, lower interest rates) for residents who provide evidence of voluntary wildfire safety compliance.

 

  • Colorado REALTORS® continue to focus their efforts on the protection of homeownership and individual property rights with an emphasis on safety and prevention of wildfires.

Colorado Project Wildfire Tool Kit

Homeowners can take steps to protect their property and help alleviate the spread of wildland fires. Many Coloradans living in the foothills in ponderosa and lodgepole forests need to consider the fire-prone nature of these ecosystems.

  1. Create defensible space around a home
  2. Reduce the structural ignitability of the home
  3. Use FireWise practices

Due to Colorado’s arid climate and fire-dependent forests, many homeowners and landowners may be particularly vulnerable to wildfires. It is important to keep this threat in mind when buying or building a home.

 

Fire is unpredictable. If there are weaknesses in your home’s fire protection scheme, fire can gain the upper hand because of some overlooked or seemingly inconsequential factor. By creating wildfire-defensible zones, homes are less vulnerable from this naturally occurring phenomenon and the chance of spreading wildfires is greatly reduced. Learn more from the links below or visit the Colorado State University by clicking here.

Sources:
International Association of Fire Chief’s RSG Program
USDA Forest Service
U.S. Dept. of the Interior
U.S. Fire Administration
Colorado State University

Colorado Project Wildfire Programs

While there are many tools available to help educate people about Wildfire prevention and the ways to reduce your risk, Colorado REALTORS® strongly believe in tapping into the numerous local programs and fire prevention resources available in communities throughout the state as the most up-to-date, geographically-focused information available to Colorado residents. Through our Project Wildfire Program, Colorado REALTORS® are working in partnership with other like-minded fire prevention organizations across our state to bring education and awareness, as well as access to resources directly to residents in their local communities.

(July 13, 2017)West Region Wildfire Council offers fire risk property checks. MONTROSE – With fire danger lurking, there is a way to protect your home if you live in the Montrose-Delta area. >>MORE

(July 13, 2017)Videos. Two TV stations highlighting the programs and resources being offered by our partners at the West Region Wildfire Council.>> KJCT News Piece >>KKCO News Piece

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(June 12, 2017) Consumer Advisory: Preparing for the 2017 wildfire season. DENVER – In April, Colorado’s Division of Fire Prevention and Control issued its 2017 wildfire outlook for the state.>> MORE

(June 8, 2017) The Importance of fire mitigation despite favorable forecast. DENVER — Colorado wildland firefighters are preparing for what is forecasted to be an average or possibly even below average wildfire season. >> MORE

(September 14, 2016) The Summit Association of REALTORS (SAR) Awards Defensible Space Grants. SAR has long been committed to residential fire mitigation efforts. Now it’s time to up its game. “Our board decided to take the next step,” said Sarah Thorsteinson, the CEO of SAR. “Instead of educating we decided to assist.” >>MORE

(July 20, 2016) US Forest Service Praises homeowner’s defensible space while the Beaver Creek Fire is now almost 35,000 acres. >>MORE

(May 25, 2016) Colorado Association of REALTORS® and West Region Wildfire Council Bring REALTOR® and Homeowner Wildfire Awareness and Education Program to West/Southwest Colorado. Read the press release. See the Montrose Daily Article. See the Ouray Article.

REALTORS launch push for wildfire mitigation education in Evergreen (August 6, 2015): Alex Gulledge uses chainsaw on a pole to remove low hanging branches while doing fire mitigation at a home in Pine, Colorado on July 28, 2015. Local fire officials along with the Colorado and mountain area associations of realtors want to educate homeowners on how to properly mitigate private property against wildfire damage. >>MORE

Study Shows People Are Aware of Wildfire Danger (August 3, 2015): People living in areas at high risk for wildfires are aware of the danger but underestimate the peril when compared with firefighting professionals, according to a new study led by a University of Colorado researcher. >>MORE

Colorado Association of REALTORS® Launches Colorado Project Wildfire (July 28 2015): Consumer education and awareness program designed to help reduce and prevent destruction of land, property, and lives from wildfires. >>MORE

Summit County Set to Start Summer Chipping Program (June 29 2015): Summit County’s wood chipping program is set to go, with crews coming out to neighborhoods starting June 29. Crews will make two sweeps through each neighborhood between June and October, picking up piles of unwanted slash from the curb. >>MORE

Fire Crews Prepare For Average, Above Average Wildfire Season (April 2015): Wildfire experts are predicting that Colorado will experience an average to above average wildfire season this year. They need aerial support to attack fires and limit damage. That requires training. About a dozen agencies gathered at Buckley Air Force Base in Aurora on Friday morning to participate in aerial wildfire training. That training happens about once a year. >>MORE

Wildfire season starts slow for 2nd year in a row (April 2015): Western wildfires have always been shape-shifting beasts, roaring to life wherever there is hot and dry weather, wind and fuel. But last year’s relatively cool and wet summer brought relief to parts of the region — including Colorado — that had been especially hard the previous few years. >>MORE

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Colorado REALTORS® are working in partnership with other like-minded fire prevention organizations across our state to bring education and awareness, as well as access to resources directly to residents in their local communities.