Forest Management

Chipping Available July 27th and 28th – sponsored by Boulder County and Gold Hill Town Meeting

June 27th, 2017

Chipping Available July 27th and 28th – sponsored by Boulder County and Gold Hill Town Meeting

 

Benefit from a Boulder County Forest Health Initiative Grant and GHTM support!  The Four Mile Fire

Protection District Fire Crew will travel to Gold Hill area properties to provide up to 90

minutes of chipping per property. More may be available depending on demand. You pay

only 25% of the cost! All slash must be stacked and ready for chipping no later than

Sunday, July 23.  Clean (green or burned) slash under 6” diameter only.

 

Please indicate interest in project by emailing Virginia Schultz at Virginia.schultz@colorado.edu

A letter with requirements and commitment information will  be sent to you.  Signup deadline is July 17, 2017.

 

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Boulder County Community Forestry Sort Yards opening for the season

May 3rd, 2017

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For Immediate Release

May 3, 2017

Media Contact
Vivienne Jannatpour, 303-678-6277

Boulder County Community Forestry Sort Yards opening for the season

Free slash and log disposal available at Allenspark and Nederland sort yards

Boulder County, Colo. – The Boulder County Community Sort Yard program, a free log and slash disposal service for mountain residents, will open for the 2017 collection season in May.

County residents can drop off tree branches, logs, and pine needles free of charge at either sort yard location. Please check web site for other services offered.

Nederland Area Sort Yard – 291 Ridge Road, Nederland 

  • Open Wednesday, May 3, through Saturday, Oct. 14
  • Hours of Operation: Wednesday thru Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

Allenspark/Meeker Park Area Sort Yard – 8200 Hwy 7, Allenspark

  • Open Wednesday, May 24, through Saturday, Oct. 7
  • Hours of Operation: Wednesday thru Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

For more information about the sort yards and what materials are accepted, please visit the Boulder County Community Forestry Sort Yards webpage or contact Wayne Harrington at 303-678-6368 or wharrington@bouldercounty.org.

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Chainsaw Safety and Skills Training

April 21st, 2017

Forest Health Management Educational Opportunity

Chainsaw Safety and Skills Training

 

Saturday, May 6th

9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Coal Creek Canyon Fire Station #2,

32895 Highway 72

          

           Sunday, May 7th

10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Field work

Day 1 required to participate in Day 2

 

This quality, hands-on training will give you the skills you need to effectively and safely use a chainsaw for forest health and property maintenance.

 

Training will be presented in three parts:

  • Chainsaw Maintenance – cutting safely requires a well running saw.
  • Chainsaw Safety & Personal Protective Equipment – including things to watch out for while cutting.
  • Tree Felling & Cutting Skills – classroom review followed by field exercises.

 

Presented by: Eric Philips, Wildfire Mitigation Specialist, Rocky Mountain Resource Protection

and Eric Folwell, Wildfire Mitigation Specialist, Rocky Mountain Resource Protection NWCG ENGB and Forestry Consultant to Boulder County

 

Participants, please bring:

– your lunch and plenty of water

– your own gear, chain saw, helmet, gloves, ear and eye protection, chaps.  Wear long sleeves, pants, and boots.

 

Space is limited. Sign up & pay online at sawsandslaws.org or contact Jody Dickson at 303-588-6639 or sawsandslaws@gmail.com if you would like to participate in this training.

 

Cost is $90 per person

Work off the classroom fee with labor in our regular Saws & Slaws events! Ask Jody for more details.

 

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Wildfire in the Wildland/Urban Interface

April 21st, 2017

Saws & Slaws Forest & Fire Ecology Education Series

Part 2: Wildfire in the WUI*

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Sunday, April 23rd

12:00 – 1:30 pm (Brown Bag)

Nederland Community Center

 

Saws & Slaws is excited to host a three part educational series about forest health and fire ecology in the Front Range. This series will help participants better understand the condition of our forests, how that affects wildfires, and the various treatments we apply to address the needs of both forest health and fire preparedness.    

 

In Part 2, we will learn about fire ecology, including:

  • Different types of wildfires
  • Wildfire’s role in forest health
  • How wildfires behave within specific forest conditions
  • The effects of different forest treatments on wildfire behavior

 

We’ll be ending our 2017 series in May when we’ll build on what we learned in Part One Two by going on a field trip to apply what we learned and see what all of this looks like in the real world!

 

Presented by:

Ashley Garrison, Certified Forester, Forestry / Fire-Resource Technician, Boulder County Parks & Open Space

Kelsey Lesniak, Forester, Colorado State Forest Service – Boulder & Gilpin Counties

 

Bring your lunch while we learn about the ecology of forest and fire in the Front Range.

 

This event brought to you by:

                                                                                               *Wildland-Urban Interface

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Community Forestry Sort Yards

March 30th, 2017

Community Forestry Sort Yards

·        Call 303-678-6368 for operational status of either sort yard.

tonyvrba@gmail.com

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Wildfire Partners and Community Chipping ReimbursementProgram

March 30th, 2017

Wildfire Partners

Boulder County has launched the 2017 wildfire mitigation assistance program for residents in unincorporated Boulder County, and the incorporated mountain towns of Jamestown, Lyons, Nederland, and Ward.  More than 1,100 homeowners have joined this unique partnership since 2014. Participants are eligible to receive a home assessment, a customized report identifying the weak links in home defenses, ongoing support, and up to $2,500 in funding to hire a Wildfire Partners Forestry Contractor. Learn more and apply at www.WildfirePartners.org.

Wildfire Partners is an award-winning mitigation program supported by 35 partner organizations. More than 1,100 homeowners have joined this unique partnership since 2014. Participants receive an individual home assessment, a customize report identifying the weak links in home defenses, follow-up inspections, on-going support, and up to $2,500 in funding to hire a Wildfire Partners Forestry Contractor. Wildfire Partners Mitigation Specialists provide valuable help and guidance to homeowners so they are truly prepared for the next wildfire.

Interested residents of unincorporated Boulder County or the mountain towns of Jamestown, Lyons, Nederland, or Ward can learn more and apply at www.WildfirePartners.org. City of Boulder residents and areas outside Boulder County are not eligible at this time.

Community Chipping Reimbursement Program

Boulder County is also accepting applications for its Community Chipping Reimbursement Program. Community chipping events are an easy way to dispose of slash and an opportunity to connect neighbors.

In 2016, 245 homeowners in 10 communities participated in the Community Chipping program and every application received by the county was funded. Boulder County has supported homeowner associations, community groups, and fire districts in the mountains to set up chipping programs since 1993. Communities that have not organized chipping events in the past are strongly encouraged to apply. Applications for chipping funding are due April 5. For more information or to apply, visit www.bouldercounty.org/property/forest/pages/chippingreimbursement.aspx.   

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Boulder County Wildfire Mitigation and Forest Health Newsletter – Oct. 14, 2016

October 18th, 2016
Boulder County Wildfire Mitigation and Forest Health Newsletter – Oct. 14, 2016

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Boulder County Wildfire Mitigation and Forest Health Newsletter – Oct. 14, 2016

Today’s newsletter covers the following:

*Firefighter Charles Bolt Takes Impressive Photo of Fire Whirl on the Beaver Creek Fire

*Wildfire Awareness Month

*Burning Questions: Living with Wildfire in Boulder County

*Wildfires Impacts on Water Quality

*The Future Firefighter

Please forward this newsletter to individuals, groups and organizations you know who may be interested.


Fire Whirl

Fire whirl on Division G of the Beaver Creek Fire August 15, 2016.

Photo by Charles Bolt, Engine 1419.

Firefighter Charles Bolt Takes Impressive Photo of Fire Whirl on the Beaver Creek Fire

Fire Devils, Fire Whirls, Fire Tornadoes, and Fire Storms can be very unique events, but can create significant problems in the spread or control of wildfires. Any of these events can occur when intense rising heat and turbulent wind conditions combine to form whirling eddies of air. These eddies can contract into a tornado-like structure that sucks in burning debris and combustible gases.

Learn more about Fire Devils, Fire Whirls, Fire Tornadoes, and Fire Storms at http://wildfiretoday.com/2016/08/14/defining-fire-whirls-and-fire-tornados/


Wildfire Awareness Month

Wildfire Awareness Month

On September 6, 2011, the one-year anniversary of the Fourmile Canyon Fire, Boulder County declared October as Wildfire Awareness Month. The idea for the month-long awareness campaign came from citizens of Boulder County who understood the need for more education, stronger community involvement, and greater individual responsibility toward community wildfire protection.

Numerous events, presentations, and workshops are occurring throughout Boulder County during the month of October. Please visit www.wildfirepartners.org/wildfire-awareness-month for more information.

In addition, Wildfire Partners is offering free assessments during the month of October. This is a fantastic opportunity for folks to become educated on how to harden their home in relation to wildfire and how to create and maintain defensible space zones around their home. You must apply and be accepted into the program in the month of October to be eligible.

Furthermore, Wildfire Partners is hosting a photo contest. Submit an action photo of you, your family, and friends performing mitigation to win prizes. Check out www.wildfirepartners.org for prize information.

Last but not least, Wildfire Partners will give away 25 prizes to cover 100% of forestry contract work, up to $2500, for homeowners who sign up during October and are accepted into the program.


Burning Questions: Living with Wildfire in Boulder County

Do you find yourself asking questions such as: Why do there seem to be more wildfires these days? What can I do to protect my property? Have I mitigated enough? Will my home continue to be insurable?

This forum will feature a short film, panel presentations, discussions, and open house information exchanges with local, state, and federal agency staff.

Please join us at the Nederland Community Center on Saturday, October 15th, from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. for this forum followed by a Firefighter Appreciation Luncheon. View the flyer and agenda: www.bouldercounty.org/doc/landuse/BurningQuestionsLivingwithWildfire.pdf


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Wildfires Impacts on Water Quality

When we think of the adverse effects of wildfire, many of us focus on home losses, suppression costs, insurance losses, injuries, fatalities, revegetation, etc.… However, the impact of wildfire on municipal water supplies is becoming a real concern. Research indicates that increased sediment flows following a fire can impact both ecological health and drinking water operations. Officials with the Cheyenne, Wyoming, Board of Public Utilities are concerned about the possible impact of the Snake Fire of 2016 on city water supplies. For more information on the effects of the Snake Fire on the municipal water supply see www.kgab.com/snake-fire-causing-cheyenne-water-concerns

For more information on wildfire effects on water quality please visit www.swhydro.arizona.edu/archive/V3_N5/feature7.pdf


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The Future Firefighter

The loss of civilian and first responder lives, property and economic stability can be significantly reduced by exploiting new smart firefighting opportunities. New technology, including cyber-physical systems, innovative building controls, intuitive fire-fighting equipment, and smart apparatus are revolutionizing emergency response. Learn more about collecting data from global sensors, processing the information centrally and utilizing the results locally. Smart firefighting can help save lives and decrease injuries, improve firefighter occupational health and safety, and enhance operational, fire prevention and protection efficiency.

The National Fire Protection Agency will be hosting a presentation by Casey Grant of the Fire Protection Research Foundation. This presentation will help to explain some of the new technology that the fire service can use to become more efficient and safe. It will be live streamed from NFPA’s Responder Forum. Go to http://app.webinarsonair.com/register/?uuid=5f7216fd3adb4bbaa795095255a14e8b to register for the webinar.


Thanks for reading, and we hope to see you at a Wildfire Awareness Month event. Please share with your friends and neighbors!

Cheers,

Rick, Kyle, Chris and Jim

Boulder County Land Use Department

303-441-3930

WildfireMitigation@bouldercounty.org


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Nederland Forum: Living with Wildfire

October 12th, 2016

Burning Questions: Living with Wildfire in Boulder County, OCTOBER 15, 2016, 8:00 AM TO 1:00 P.M  at the Nederland Community Center, 750 Hwy 72.

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Boulder County Wildfire Mitigation and Forest Health Newsletter

October 7th, 2016

Boulder County Wildfire Mitigation and Forest Health Newsletter – Oct. 6, 2016

Today’s newsletter covers the following:

  • Harrowing Fort McMurray wildfire escape
  • Lessons learned from the Fort McMurray Fire
  • October is Wildfire Awareness Month!
  • FREE Wildfire Partners Assessments
  • Insurance industry participation in Wildfire Partners helps residents

Please forward this newsletter to individuals, groups and organizations you know who may be interested.

Lessons learned from the Fort McMurray Fire

preliminary report (1.3MB PDF) looked at how the Fort McMurray Fire destroyed more than 2,400 structures—the largest ever insured loss in Canada—in Alberta in May 2016.

Below are key excerpts from the report: 

After evaluating the fire environment and clearances between homes and the forest edge, the investigator discounted direct contact from flames or radiant heat of the forest fire as being significant sources of home ignition at Fort McMurray. Instead, it was concluded that wind-driven embers were the most probable cause for the majority of early home ignitions in the zone where the fire made its transition from forest into neighborhoods. Once established, the fire would have spread from structure to structure as a conflagration, accounting for the majority of home losses.”

  • In all neighborhoods studied, homes whose owners had adopted FireSmart guidelines—actions to reduce wildfire losses similar to Wildfire Partners—survived much more frequently than homes where they had not, despite the extraordinarily harsh conditions.
  • Recommended FireSmart guidelines work. They are effective in reducing the probability of home ignition and wildfire losses. Home survival does not appear to be random or a matter of luck.
  • Home survival depends on conditions in the home ignition zone, for which owners are responsible.
  • While low total hazard rating is important, a single critical weakness can lead to home loss.

    screen-shot-2016-10-07-at-11-33-17-amOctober is Wildfire Awareness Month!

    Every October residents in Boulder County learn how to prepare for wildfire, take action to protect their homes, and work with neighbors to reduce their risk. View the events and activities schedule that includes a photo contest and prizes, and the program “Burning Questions: Living with Wildfire in Boulder County” on Saturday, October 15 from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. followed by a Firefighter Appreciation Luncheon at the Nederland Community Center. More info at: www.wildfirepartners.org/wildfire-awareness-month


    FREE Wildfire Partners Assessments

    Know your risk! Everyone who applies to Wildfire Partners in October 2016 (and is accepted into the program) will receive a free home assessment—a $75 value. We are offering this promotion because we have 100 spots still available for 2016. Assessments may be completed in 2016 or 2017 depending on weather and availability of our Wildfire Mitigation Specialists. Free assessments will not be offered again during 2017 October Wildfire Awareness Month because of grant funding deadlines. Act today!

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Fire ban rescinded Wednesday September 14th…

September 13th, 2016

Subject: [BCFCA] Pre-Notification of Boulder County Fire Ban Rescinded….

All,

The Fire ban will be rescinded effective 0800 Wednesday September 14th

 

Jay C. Stalnacker

Boulder County Fire Management Officer #6561

303-519-8103 Cell

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U.S. Forest Service chipping slash piles this week

September 13th, 2016

 

Chipping contract to help reduce slash piles on Boulder Ranger District

BOULDER, Colo. (Sept. 12, 2016) – The U.S. Forest Service will begin chipping slash piles this week in various locations around the Boulder Ranger District.

Slash piles are created during fuels reduction projects and are made up of tree limbs, branches and small trunks. This material is piled to burn during the winter months.

Chipping is occasionally used as an alternative to burning slash piles. Areas identified for chipping include places where the terrain is gentle enough to allow the machinery access.

Approximately 350 acres are included in this year’s chipping project, which is being implemented by a contractor. Areas where chipping will occur include:

  • West of Peak to Peak about 1 mile south of Bunce Road (FSR 217.1);
  • North of Grizzly Drive by the Matoons Highland Subdivision;
  • North of Ward along County Road 100;
  • Along County Road 52 at Switzerland trail junction, and about 1 mile west of that junction.
  • West of Peak to Peak Highway along Lump Gulch Rd and Forest Service Rd 383.1; and
  • Near the Front Range Trailhead.

The contractor is generally expected to start on the north end of the district and work south. They have 45 days to complete their work.

Operations will occur between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. six days a week (Sundays excluded) until complete. Machinery noise may be noticeable in these areas. For your safety, please avoid recreating in places where chipping is active.

Early in the past decade, the implementation of fuels reduction projects outpaced disposition of slash created by these projects. In the past four years, however, the district has burned or chipped an estimated 75,000 piles (3,000 acres). In that same time, since 2012, the district’s rate of slash disposal has outpaced treatment acres.

Approximately 65,000 piles (2,600 acres) remain to be burned on the district. Firefighters aim to burn nearly half of those remaining piles this winter if conditions allow.

This fall’s chipping contract will remove an additional 8,000 piles from the landscape.

K. “Reid” Armstrong
Public Affairs Specialist/Community Liaison

Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests

Pawnee National Grassland 

p: 303-541-2532
c: 970-222-7607
krarmstrong@fs.fed.us

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Joe Pelle: Why Boulder County doesn’t impose seasonal fire bans

August 11th, 2016

We had quite a discussion, prompted by Pam Sherman’s report (next digest item) at the Town Meeting on Monday, about the danger of irresponsible people and their campfires starting fires like the Cold Springs Fire

From Steffi Wilson:  This article by Sheriff Joe Pelle explains why the Sheriff can’t just put up a seasonal fire ban because people want it. Several people felt that laws can be changed, however, and that we should all put our heads together to see how we as a town can voice an opinion in this.

http://www.timescall.com/columnists/opinion-local/ci_30162105/joe-pelle-why-boulder-county-doesnt-impose-seasonal

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Brief report of two Peak to Peak public meetings on irresponsible campfires and related topics

August 11th, 2016

From Pam Sherman

Brief report summary of two Peak to Peak public meetings  held around the irresponsible campfires issue and related topics. 

Tuesday Meeting 8/2 on Campfires and other Forest Issues of Concern:

The meeting took place at the Ned Community Center auditorium 5 – 8 pm. There was standing room only.

Present were Boulder County Sheriff’s Dept., U.S. Forest  Service, both the Boulder office and the A/R Forest as a whole, Town of Ned Police, Fire, administration, U.S. Incident Commander for the Cold Springs Fire, head of NICHE, the local Ned organization working with homeless people in the forest, and head of Peak2Peak Forest Watch, local Peak to Peak organization working to bring together the above groups, private landowners, and the public around safety issues wrt people starting illegal and dangerous campfires and otherwise breaking the Forest/County laws and endangering locals. Reps from the county commissioners and from Polis, Gardner, and Bennett’s offices came to listen, as this is very much a national as well as local issue.

Members of the public, while thanking the fire officials profusely for their amazing work saving homes and putting the fire out, also got down on them for thinning, patch cuts, not removing slash piles and piles being made not according to spec, and not assigning more patrol officers in the forest. In response, the fire officials reported that thinning, with the attendant slash piles, and patch cuts, are an essential part of fire fighting and helped a lot to fight this fire.

They also acknowledged that the agencies just do not have the money to increase patrols. There are two USFS law officers who patrol the area from Continental Divide to Boulder and parts of Larimer and Gilpin. On summer weekends, the USFS pays the Sheriff’s Dept. for more deputies to come into the mountains. They don’t really have time to patrol per se; rather they are going from one called-in trouble spot to another from morning to night.

It would take several years to get a paid campsite or get  hosted campsites or get camping banned here in the A/R National Forest due to USFS rules.

In case you haven’t seen it, here is a link to the presentation given by a Peak to Peak property owner who deals with illegal and irresponsible campfires all the time on his family’s land; it was published as a guest opinion in the camera: No 10 Gallons, No Campfirehttp://www.dailycamera.com/guest-opinions/ci_30198375/doug-mckenna-no-10-gallons-no-campfire

Brief Report Summary of Peak to Peak Forest Watch Meeting Saturday 8/6  4-6 pm

This meeting was a presentation and discussion led by Joe Hall, who started the Peak to Peak Forest Watch group at the end of March. Currently it is a closed FB group with close to 600 members.

P2PFW is working hard on getting a website up, where local residents, local businesses, concerned visitors, Sheriff’s Office, US Forest Service, local fire departments, local police departments, and other concerned folks and organizations can meet online and share concerns, exchange information, communicate, monitor, take action. When it’s up, it will be the main hub for the group rather than Facebook.

The goal of the group is to ensure the safety of those of us who live here by reducing the  irresponsible, illegal campfires and other actions taken by temporary forest residents that endanger our homes, lives, and the forest.

There was discussion of local residents doing friendly patrols of the area this type of camper is trashing–observing and reporting any rule-breaking (fire, feces, guns, drugs, whatever), not speaking to the campers unless spoken to, and if spoken to, being friendly,  just checking on the situation. This would happen after the 501 (c) 3 is in place.

The Sheriff’s Office, Forest Service, local fire departments and police, teaming with Forest Watch and other local citizen groups are looking at offering training next summer for those interested in monitoring/patrolling and related issues.

The FB page is Peak to Peak Forest Watch. Email is p2pforestwatch@gmail.com

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Online Firewise webinar on the Home Ignition Zone

August 10th, 2016

Get to Know the Home Ignition Zone, Tuesday, August 16, 3 pm EDT
(1 pm MDT)
Gary Marshall, NFPA Wildfire Field Rep

Defensible spaceDiscover the three distinct areas surrounding structures within a home ignition zone and identify how mitigation and maintenance in each section plays a distinct role in improving survivability during a wildfire. This in-depth look into the three unique distances encompassing a home will have you viewing the landscape through a different set of eyes.
http://www.firewise.org/online-courses-and-education/virtualworkshops.aspx?sso=0&mc_cid=3263430077&mc_eid=f3c9298993

From Alan Brewer

nedforesthealth@gmail.com

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A message from Sheriff Pelle on wildfire mitigation

July 28th, 2016

A message from Sheriff Pelle on wildfire mitigation

Public Information & Community Outreach Specialist Carrie Haverfield from Boulder County Sheriff’s Office · 20 Jun
Photo from Carrie Haverfield

As Boulder County Sheriff, I would like to personally thank the hundreds of mountain residents who have taken the initiative and worked hard to perform wildfire mitigation on their property. By taking personal responsibility to prepare for future wildfires, you are helping us to become a safer and more resilient community.

In 2015, wildfires burned a record 10 million acres, destroyed more than 4,500 homes and structures, and killed 13 wildland firefighters in the U.S. Despite our wet spring, it is not a matter of if another wildfire will impact our county, but when. The time to act is now before the next hot dry spell.

Boulder County first responders are among the best in the nation. However, we need YOU to mitigate your property now to be most effective. During wind-driven wildfires, first responders likely will not be able to reach everyone. Your mitigation will not just increase the chances your home will survive – it will help protect lives during these future disasters.

If you have not done so already, I encourage you to join Wildfire Partners to guide you through wildfire mitigation efforts on your property. Wildfire Partners provides many benefits to homeowners, including up to $2,500 in financial assistance. To join the more than 700 residents and 35 partner organizations that have already joined Wildfire Partners, visit www.WildfirePartners.org, call 303-441-1420, or email info@wildfirepartners.org.

When I drive around mountain communities, I am encouraged when I see residents proudly displaying their Wildfire Partners yard sign, because I know they have taken the steps necessary reduce their wildfire risk and strengthen the community we all treasure and love.

Thank you,

Joe Pelle, Boulder County Sheriff

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Landowners Can Receive Financial Assistance to Protect Forestlands

July 18th, 2016

NEWS RELEASE

Contact for Reporters:

Ryan Lockwood 970.491.8970 or 970.491.6303

ryan.lockwood@colostate.edu

csfs.colostate.edu

Landowners Can Receive Financial Assistance to Protect Forestlands

 FORT COLLINS, Colo. – May 26, 2016 – The Colorado State Forest Service is now accepting Forest Legacy Program proposals from Colorado landowners. The program authorizes the CSFS or USDA Forest Service to purchase permanent conservation easements on private forestlands to prevent those lands from being converted to non-forest uses.

The purpose of the Colorado Forest Legacy Program is to protect environmentally important private forest areas that are threatened by conversion to non-forest uses. The program provides an opportunity for private landowners to retain ownership and management of their land, while receiving compensation for unrealized development rights.

Forestlands that contain important scenic, cultural, recreation and water resources, including fish and  wildlife habitat and other ecological values, and that support traditional forest uses, will receive priority. Landowners who elect to participate in the program are required to follow a land management plan approved by the CSFS. Activities consistent with the management plan, including timber harvesting, grazing and recreation activities, are permitted.

The Colorado State Forest Stewardship Coordinating Committee will evaluate proposals and recommend to the state forester those proposals that have sufficient merit to forward to the USDA Forest Service.  Forwarded proposals will then compete at a regional level; those selected at the regional level will compete nationally for funding.

The application deadline is 4 p.m. July 29, 2016, for federal fiscal year 2018 funding. Proposals must be submitted by standard mail.

For additional information or to obtain an application packet, contact Naomi Marcus at 970-491-6303. Applications also are available online at http://csfs.colostate.edu/funding-assistance.

 

***The Colorado State Forest Service (CSFS) provides technical forestry assistance, wildfire mitigation expertise and outreach and education to help landowners and communities achieve their forest management goals. The CSFS is a service and outreach agency of the Warner College of Natural Resources at Colorado State University and provides staffing for the Division of Forestry within the Colorado Department of Natural Resources. 

This message was sent by Marcus,Naomi at Naomi.Marcus@ColoState.EDU.

For questions, changes or to subscribe to this list contact Colorado Open Space Alliance at info@coloradoopenspace.org.

Maya MacHamer

Watershed Coalition Coordinator

Fourmile Watershed Coalition

1740 Fourmile Canyon Dr.

Boulder, Co. 80302

(c) 303-817-2261

(o) 303-449-3333

fourmilewatershed.org

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USFS fire restrictions

July 12th, 2016
USFS is on board finally with restrictions on Roosevelt and Arapaho National Forest.. YAY!

Corrected- Fire Restrictions BeginToday

Release Date: Jul 11, 2016

Fire Restrictions Begin Today

 

Fort Collins, Colo. (July 11, 2016) –  Stage I Fire Restriction went into effect for the Boulder, Canyon Lakes and Clear Creek Ranger Districts of the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests this morning. Additionally a restriction on discharging a firearm on National Forest System lands in Boulder County was put in place in support of the Cold Springs fire operations.

The Stage 1 fire restrictions limit where and what type of fires visitors can have and are in place until rescinded.  See the order and map for details.  Within the fire restriction area, forest visitors cannot:

  • Build or maintain a fire or use charcoal, coal, or wood stoves, except within a developed recreation site (e.g., campgrounds where fees are charged).
  • Use explosives, including fireworks.
  • Smoke, except in an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site, or while in an area at least three feet in diameter cleared of all flammable materials.
  • Operating a chainsaw without a USDA or SAE approved spark arrester properly installed and in effective working order, a chemical pressurized fire extinguisher kept with the operator, and one round point shovel with an overall length of at least 35 inches readily available for use.36 CFR § 261.52(h).
  • Welding or operating acetylene or other torch with open flame except in cleared areas of at least 10 feet in diameter and in possession of a chemical pressurized fire extinguisher.

The shooting order restricts discharging a firearm on National Forest System lands in Boulder County. These restrictions were put in place to support the fire operation efforts on the Cold Springs Fire. Any person possessing a valid Colorado hunting license lawfully involved in hunting and harvesting game is exempt from the shooting restriction.

Not complying with the Stage 1 fire restriction order could result in a minimum fine of $300, but could be more, or a mandatory Federal Magistrate Court appearance. If responsible for causing a wildfire, one could be held accountable for suppression costs of that fire. The penalty for not complying with the restrictions on discharging a fire will result in a mandatory Federal Magistrate Court appearance.

Forest Service staff will continue to monitor conditions and consider the variety of options to address those conditions, including additional restrictions if weather remains dry and lessening or rescinding restriction if a rainy weather pattern starts. To view the fire restriction order, go to www.fs.usda.gov/arp. They will be listed in the “Alerts and Notices” box on the right. Please note that many counties are also under fire restrictions; information is available at www.coemergency.com/p/fire-bans-danger.html.

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Wildfire Partners

June 1st, 2016

Accepting New Applicants for 2016

Wildfire Partners is now accepting applications for the 2016 season.  Please encourage your friends and neighbors to apply at www.WildfirePartners.org.  See flyer below

 

Accepting New Applicants for 2016

Wildfire Partners is now accepting applications for the 2016 season.  Please encourage your friends and neighbors to apply at www.WildfirePartners.org.

New 2016 Contractor List

The list of approved Wildfire Partners mitigation contractors has changed.  Many of the 2015 contractors have returned, but some are no longer associated with the program.  If you would like to hire a contractor, please use the 2016 Contractor list.
Download the 2016 Contractor List

Community Chipping – Saws and Slaws Events

Boulder County and Wildfire Partners are helping to fund various chipping services in 2016.  See the flyer below for details on community chipping and Saws and Slaws dates.  Events are planned for Lyons, Nederland, Crestview Estates, St Anton Highlands First Addition HOA, Coal Creek Canyon, or the following fire districts: Rocky Mountain, Sugarloaf, and Sunshine.
Community Chipping Flyer

New Wildfire Partners Chipping Support

If you live in a community that is not included in the above list of chipping and Saws and Slaws events, don’t despair! You are eligible to apply for a Wildfire Partners Community Roadside Chipping Event. Events require at least 10 properties and 3 new Wildfire Partners homeowners to be eligible.  Wildfire Partners will pay 100% of chipping cost for certified Wildfire Partners homeowners, 75% of chipping costs for Wildfire Partners homeowners who have received an assessment, and 50% of chipping costs for Wildfire Partners homeowners who have been accepted into the program. For more details download the flyer below and contact Jim Webster at jbwebster@bouldercounty.org.

Want more information?

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Download The Application

Contact us:

Our new phone number:    303-441-1420
Our new email:                    info@wildfirepartners.org
Our website:                        www.WildfirePartners.org

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Wildfire Mitigation and Forest Health Newsletter

May 19th, 2016

Wildfire Mitigation and Forest Health Newsletter – May 19, 2016

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Wildfire Mitigation and Forest Health Newsletter – May 19, 2016

Today’s Wildfire Mitigation and Forest Health Newsletter covers the following:

  • Wildfire Partners 2016 Season
  • Wildfire Training Exercise
  • Defensible Space and Boulder County’s 2016 Building Code
  • Community Forestry Sort Yards are Open

 Please forward this newsletter to individuals, groups and organizations you know who may be interested.

Tip of the Day: Wildfire Partners is Open for Business

Wildfire Partners is accepting applications for 2016 at www.WildfirePartners.org. The program offers homeowners significant technical and financial assistance to prepare for future wildfires as a result of additional grant funding. Visit our website, call 303-441-1420 or email info@wildfirepartners.org with questions.

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Wildfire Training Exercise on May 20 and 21

On Friday and Saturday, May 20 and 21, a full-scale wildfire training exercise will be held in partnership with Boulder County agencies, the City of Boulder, Boulder Office of Emergency Management and the Boulder Incident Management Team. The training exercise will involve more than 25 agencies, more than 300 participants and will exercise all elements of a wildland fire incident from the initial response to mass care management.

You may see and hear personnel and equipment associated with this training exercise, which will include helicopter flights. In the exercise, a fictitious wildland fire starts in Boulder Mountain Fire Protection District on a hot, dry, windy summer day. The fire advances quickly and will cause immediate evacuation of residents and threaten homes. The City of Boulder will be involved in the scenario when spot fires cause a threat to the Dakota Ridge and Wonderland Lake neighborhoods.

This is a good reminder that residents should prepare for future wildfires by actively creating and maintaining proper mitigation and become a Wildfire Partner. For more information about the full-scale exercise, please contact the Office of Emergency Management at 303-441-3390.

Defensible Space and Boulder County’s 2016 Building Code Amendments

As of January 2016, applicants may use their Wildfire Partners Certificate to meet the county’s defensible space requirements. In Wildfire Management Zone 1, Boulder County’s Building Code requires defensible space for all additions greater than 200 square feet and all decks (new and replacement). To meet these requirements, applicants may: 1) Submit a Wildfire Partners Certificate, or 2) Comply with the new requirements in the county’s building code (5MB PDF). We encourage homeowners to obtain their certificates now to facilitate their future building projects. For more information, contact a Wildfire Mitigation Specialist at 303-441-3930. For a map of Fire Management Zone 1, visit www.bouldercounty.org/doc/landuse/firezone.pdf.

Community Forestry Sort Yards Are Open for 2016

County residents can drop off slash, logs, and pine needles free of charge at the Nederland Area Sort Yard, 291 Ridge Road, Nederland, and the Allenspark/Meeker Park Area Sort Yard, 8200 Hwy. 7, Allenspark.

  • Hours of Operation: Wednesday thru Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Open through Saturday, Oct. 15.

For more information about the sort yards and what materials are accepted, please visit the Boulder County Community Forestry Sort Yards webpage or contact Wayne Harrington at 303-678-6368 or wharrington@bouldercounty.org.

Cheers,

Rick, Kyle, Chris and Jim

Boulder County Land Use Department

303-441-3930

WildfireMitigation@bouldercounty.org

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2016 Community Chipping Reimbursement Program

March 9th, 2016

Boulder County is currently accepting applications for our 2016 Community Chipping Reimbursement Program. A story of a past chipping program, the program overview, and the program application forms are attached. Please forward this information to anyone you know who may be interested in applying. Applications are due March 22nd.

If you have participated in this program in the past, we thank you for all your hard work. If you have not, we strongly encourage you to apply after reading the attached information and researching how to develop a competitive proposal.

Best regards,

Jim

 

Jim Webster

Wildfire Partners Program Coordinator

720-564-2600

jbwebster@bouldercounty.org

2045 13th Street

Boulder, CO 80302

Mailing Address: PO Box 471, Boulder, CO 80306

 

Applications for the 2016 chipping program are available at www.bouldercounty.org/foresthealth. Applications are due March 22. For more information, contact Jim Webster at 720-564-2600 or jbwebster@bouldercounty.org.

 

2016 Boulder County Community Chipping Reimbursement Program Overview

For over 20 years, Boulder County has offered financial assistance to encourage mountain communities to set up community-based chipping days. We encourage all residents to perform effective wildfire mitigation on their land and to be active stewards of their backyard forests. We are excited to offer chipping reimbursement funding to encourage community members to work together as they prepare their land for future wildfires.

Reimbursement is only available for direct costs related to chipping or transportation of slash. It is not available for tree cutting.

How much financial assistance is available?
Subject to prior approval, the County will reimburse up to 50% of direct costs up to a maximum of $4,000 per community.

Who can apply?
Communities, community organizations, incorporated towns, homeowner associations, and fire protection districts are eligible. In order to receive reimbursement, you must provide a valid tax identification number.

Funding priority will be given to events that:

  • Assist Wildfire Partner participants as they pursue their program certificate.
  • Encourage more residents to undertake wildfire mitigation and forest health efforts Heavily utilize community volunteers to help build community, increase organizational capacity, strengthen ties among neighbors, and leverage limited county funds.
  • Support the establishment of Firewise Communities/USA or the programing of established Firewise Communities/USA. For more info visit: http://www.firewise.org/communities/usa-recognition-program.aspx or contact Jim Webster at 720-564-2600 or jbwebster@bouldercounty.org.
  • Create partnerships among Boulder County and program participants.

What types of chipping events are most likely to be funded by Boulder County?

Below are three types of events that will be prioritized for funding in 2016:

  1. Ideal projects will offer an organized “curbside community chipping event” on a property-by-property basis. Slash will be chipped at the curbside or picked up and transported to a slash disposal site on a predetermined date.

Why Curbside?

Boulder County continually sees the most effective projects utilizing a curbside pickup model. The most successful communities select a specific deadline in which slash must be placed on the curbside. By setting a specific slash pickup day, community members have a target date to work toward. It also builds community awareness about the chipping event by utilizing peer pressure to encourage greater levels of mitigation. In addition, a specific chipping date makes the work less expensive. By requiring all slash to be at the curbside by a predetermined date, the chipping contractor may follow a strategic loop from house-to-house. This is more efficient than conducting random, small projects over a number of days or months.

Curbside Pick Logistics

Boulder County staff is available to advise communities on how to organize a successful curbside pickup program. A key component of a successful curbside pickup program is to provide specific geographic eligibility restraints, and specific guidelines for slash pile size, construction and placement.

2. Reimbursement is available to communities who organize “neighborhood chipping parties” in which community volunteers work together to help each other mitigate their land.

  1. Reimbursement is available to communities who offer a central drop-off site for slash and logs. Communities located within five miles of a Community Forestry Sort Yard site will be a lower priority for funding if they use this method of slash collection.
  1. Reimbursement may be available to communities who offer other types of chipping projects not listed here. In your application, please describe why a different method of slash collection is best for your community.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Reimbursement is only available for direct costs of chipping and/or biomass transportation to a Community Forestry Sort Yard or other slash disposal site.
  • Reimbursement is not available for costs related to cutting of trees.
  • Projects may not be eligible for the maximum funding if it serves less than 20 property owners.
  • Each community must hire its own chipping contractor, rent its own chipping/transportation equipment, and be responsible for all project coordination efforts.
  • Each community must provide acknowledgement to each participate that Boulder County is providing funding for this project.

How does my organization apply? When are applications due?
To apply, submit the following by no later than March 22, 2016 to Jim Webster at jbwebster@bouldercounty.org.

Counting Volunteer Time as In-kind Match 

Boulder County may reward communities who heavily utilize community volunteers while implementing their chipping event. We will review each application and if your project is determined to be a “Volunteer Based Community Chipping Project,” then you will be eligible to count volunteer time as in-kind match. The current value of volunteer time adjusted for Colorado is $25.68 per hour.

If your community would like to count volunteer time as in-kind match please provide a detailed explanation of how volunteers will be utilized to leverage county funding on in your application. Projects that may qualify would heavily utilize volunteers to work on properties other than their own on tasks such as helping drag slash and assisting with chipper operations on day of event. Your project will not qualify if the only volunteer time is for project coordination and advertisement of the event.

How will we know if our project has been approved?
The County will inform successful applicants if their project has been approved by April 3, 2016.

After project completion, how do we request reimbursement?
Communities must submit a “Request for Reimbursement Project Completion Form” within 30 days of final project completion or by November 15, whichever is the earliest.

Reporting Requirements:

  • Original invoices for chipper, truck or trailer rental (if applicable).
  • A photocopy of the front of the payment check is required.
  • Photos from your event.
  • Use the county’s template spreadsheet format to provide full names and addresses of each property owner served.
  • Use the county’s template spreadsheet with names of volunteers and hours donated.

Contractor Invoices must clearly state all of the following:

  • Invoices for chipping services ONLY with per hour fee, dates work occurred, and number of hours worked.
  • Invoices must be itemized, only chipping and transportation services are reimbursed.
  • Invoices must clearly show they are paid invoices.

If you have any questions, please contact, Jim Webster, at 720-564-2600 or jbwebster@bouldercounty.org

Community Chipping Reimbursement Program Website: http://www.bouldercounty.org/property/forest/pages/chippingreimbursement.aspx

 

 

       

 

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In case you see smoke

December 16th, 2015

From: Armstrong, Katherine R -FS [mailto:krarmstrong@fs.fed.usOn Behalf Of FS-brdvis
Sent: Wednesday, December 16, 2015 10:02 AM
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: UPDATE: Pile burning moves to Gold Hill, Bunce School areas

BOULDER, Colo – (Dec. 16, 2015) Firefighters successfully completed nearly 65 acres of slash pile burning during yesterday’s storm in areas adjacent to CR 97 and Magnolia Road, including machine piles. Pile burning will now move to Rocky Point, part of the Sugarloaf Project, along the Forest boundary west of Gold Hill; and Saint Vrain Project, in the vicinity of Bunce School Road. Pile burning activities will continue over the next few days as conditions allow and then will resume in early January.

Conditions are evaluated each day to determine if ignition will take place. Ignitions are generally expected to begin after 10 a.m. and will cease several hours before sunset. Smoke may be visible. Precipitation, wind, temperature, fuel moisture and staffing all play a part in when and whether ignition occurs. Firefighters monitor the area after burning is complete. Public and firefighter safety is always the number one priority in burning operations.

If you know anyone else who would like to receive updates on pile burning activities in the Boulder Ranger District area, have them email brdvis@fs.fed.us and ask to be added to our email updates.

To unsubscribe, please reply with UNSUBSCRIBE in the subject line.

Prescribed fire smoke may affect your health. For more information see https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/cdphe/wood-smoke-and-health.

A complete list of areas where pile burning could occur on the Boulder Ranger District this season is located at: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4648/.

 

 

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Winter conditions mark start of pile burning season in Arapahoe and Roosevelt National Forests

December 2nd, 2015

 

Subject: NEWS RELEASE: Winter conditions mark start of pile burning season
Date: Mon, 30 Nov 2015 19:39:43 +0000
Frm: Armstrong, Katherine R -FS <krarmstrong@fs.fed.us>

Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests

Pawnee National Grassland

Contact: Reid Armstrong, 303-541-2532

Winter conditions mark start of pile burning season

BOULDER, Colo. (Nov. 30, 2015) – As winter conditions settle in, the Boulder and Clear Creek Ranger Districts of the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests will work to burn slash piles resulting from fuels reductions and hazardous tree removal projects in the area.

Hand piles are a result of crews using chainsaws and to thin the forest, the subsequent cut material is piled for burning. Machine piles are the result of using logging equipment and consist of primarily the limbs of trees as most of the logs have already been removed. These piles must be burned before the treatment is complete.

Some pile burning could occur in early December, but the bulk of pile burning will occur between the New Year and early April, as conditions allow. Piles are only ignited under favorable weather, snow cover, and conditions conducive for good smoke dispersal, such as wind and temperature. Firefighters monitor the area after burning is complete. Public and firefighter safety is always the number one priority in burning operations.

Crews may begin burning as many as 450 smaller piles a day at each location if favorable conditions are met, which includes a minimum of 3 inches of snow cover, or up to 40 large machine piles at each location per day with a minimum of 6 inches of snow cover.

Piles that have cured and are ready for burning are prioritized based on elevation, aspect, access, and proximity to homes. Last season, these two districts burned a total of 90 machine piles and 3,700 hand piles for a total of 665 acres.

Areas on the Boulder Ranger District with hand and machine piles ready for burning are:

  • Forsythe Project surrounding Gross Reservoir and along Magnolia Road;
  • Sugarloaf Project near the communities of Sunset, Silver Springs and Swiss Peaks Subdivision;
  • Saint Vrain Project near the communities of Allen’s Park, Big Elk Meadows, and in the vicinity of Button Rock Reservoir;
  • Winniger Project 4 miles east of the community of Nederland;
  • Lump Gulch Projects south of Nederland; and,
  • James Creek Project near the communities of Jamestown, Gold Hill, Ward and Bar K subdivision and Gold Lake Ranch.

Areas on the Clear Creek Ranger District with hand piles ready for burning are:

  • The Yankee Hill Project near Central City and Black Hawk.

Prescribed fire smoke may affect your health. For more information see https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/cdphe/wood-smoke-and-health.

If you would like to receive regular updates about pile burning in your area, send an email to BRDvis@fs.fed.us.

Also visit the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests and Pawnee National Grasslands our Inciweb Page at http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4648/or follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/usfsarp.

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Chipping

September 28th, 2015

Info from Kris Gibson  kgkeewee@netzero.net

Four Mile Fire Protection District is offering chipping for our district. This is a limited opportunityand is first come. Sign up by October 2nd through Kris Gibson- 303-545-9670. The cost is $75 an hour.

Kris Gibson

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NEWS RELEASE: Boulder Ranger District begins public outreach on forest health project

September 5th, 2015

Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests

Pawnee National Grassland

Boulder Ranger District

Date: Sept. 4, 2015

Contact: Reid Armstrong, 970-222-7607

Boulder Ranger District begins public outreach on forest health project

NEDERLAND, Colo. – The U.S. Forest Service’s Boulder Ranger District is accepting public comment on a proposed forest health project that would treat 3,840 acres of vegetation on National Forest System lands in the vicinity of Gross Reservoir and Nederland.

The project’s primary goals are to improve forest health in the absence of wildfire; improve the resiliency of watersheds in the event a wildfire does occur; and provide opportunities for neighboring landowners to create defensible space on the National Forest boundary near their homes. This project is being tiered off previous environmental analysis and is called Forsythe II.

Work would occur in lower montane lodgepole pine, ponderosa pine, mixed conifer and aspen stands. Possible types of treatment include thinning, patch cuts and clear cuts using both chainsaws and machinery, as well as prescribed burning. The full proposed action, maps, example photos and information on how to comment are located on the project website at www.fs.usda.gov/goto/arp/Forsythe2.

The initial public scoping period, which begins this week, will last approximately one month and may lead to some adjustments in what’s being proposed. A field trip is being planned, Sept. 26, to discuss the proposal and a formal comment period will occur this fall. The final environmental analysis will be written over the winter months and a decision is expected in the spring of 2016. Implementation on portions of the project could begin as soon as next summer.

All future announcements and information about this project and related meetings will be shared by email. To be added to the mailing list, email brdvis@fs.fed.us with the subject line Forsythe II. Please include your full name and mailing address for the project records.

 

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Wildfire Partners

August 18th, 2015
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August 17, 2015

Boulder County Land Use Contacts:

Jim Webster, 720-564-2600, jbwebster@bouldercounty.org
Richard M. Hackett, 720-564-2605, rhackett@bouldercounty.org

Wildfire Partners receives $1 million grant

Boulder County, Colo. – Wildfire Partners – a voluntary program for Boulder County homeowners who want to prepare for wildfire – has been awarded $1.125 million by FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP). Launched in 2014, Wildfire Partners provides technical and financial assistance to homeowners and increases the insurability of participating homes.

Boulder County’s Parks and Open Space program also received HMGP grant funding that will support increasing defensible space around historic structures on various Parks and Open Space properties and a fuels reduction project on Betasso Open Space.

FEMA funding will support Wildfire Partners for 2016 and 2017. The program is currently funded by a $1.5 million grant from the Colorado Department of Natural Resources. With more than 35 partner organizations and over 600 participants, the program has proven valuable in helping foothills residents obtain insurance and create more resilient communities. Ninety-one percent of participants said they were likely or very likely to refer the program to a friend or neighbor.

Wildfire Partners is serving as a model for communities around the state and country, and recently received the National Association of Counties 2015 Best in Category Achievement Award.

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Wildfire Partners offers homeowners:

  • An individual, on-site, wildfire home assessment with a Wildfire Mitigation Specialist and a customized report that identifies the weak links in a home’s defenses.
  • Financial awards from $500 to $2,000 for forestry contract work.
  • Access to Wildfire Phone Advisors to answer questions and support on-site mitigation efforts.
  • Lists of Forestry and Home Retrofit Contractors to help complete mitigation work.
  • A follow-up inspection that takes place after recommended mitigation measures are completed.
  • A Wildfire Partners Certificate and Yard Sign recognizing homeowners who have performed mitigation. Wildfire Partners is working with insurance agencies such as Allstate and State Farm who recognize the certification and support the program.

Wildfire Partners is currently accepting applications. Boulder County homeowners interested in Wildfire Partners must apply and be accepted into the program. For more information or to apply, visit www.WildfirePartners.org or contact a Wildfire Advisor at 303-446-7877.

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Boulder County Commissioners Elise Jones, left, and Cindy Domenico, right, with Wildfire Partners participant homeowner Jill Lopez and Wildfire Partners Program Coordinator Jim Webster.

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