More than 2 million Coloradoans live in the wildland-urban interface (WUI) – which is an area where man-made improvements are built close to, or within, natural terrain and flammable vegetation, and where high potential for wildland fire exists.
Annual Tasks to Create a Defensible Space
Research confirms that proactive wildfire mitigation is effective. Now is as good of a time as ever to review wildfire preparedness resources, and do chores to mitigate the fire hazard around your home and on your property.
- Clear roof, deck, and gutters of pine needles and other debris.
- Mow grass and weeds to a height of 6 inches or less.
- Rake all pine needles and other flammable debris away from the foundation of your home and deck.
- Remove trash and debris accumulations from the defensible space.
- Check fire extinguishers to ensure that they are not expired and are in good working condition.
- Check chimney screens to make sure they are in place and in good condition
- Remove branches that overhang the roof and chimney.
- Dispose of slash from tree/shrub thinning.
- Garden with Fire Resistant Plants
- More FireWise Plant Materials for landscape planning
Be Prepared for Wildfire or Natural Disasters
Here are some resources to help you get prepared for wildfire and other natural disasters.
- FEMA Checklist for Homeowners
- Home Ignition Zone Guide by the Colorado State Forest Service
- CSU Extension Wildfire Resources
- Living with Fire
- Financial Emergency Prep
- Emergency Preparedness for Kids
- Prepare your Pets for Emergency
- Caring for Livestock Before Disaster
- Clear Creek Fire Authority
- Firewise Resources: Residents Reducing Wildfire Risks
- Colorado State Forest Service: Protect your home, property, and forest from wildfire
- Rotary Wildfire Ready
- Article: Report highlights what state needs to do after historic wildfires 
- Colorado 2020 Wildfires Webinar series replays on the Southern Rockies Fire Science Network YouTube channel.
- Article: Colorado Public Radio, Wildfires Are Ravaging The West. Research Shows The People In Their Paths Vastly Underestimate The Risk