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A wildfire burning in a pine forest

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.

View our full Fire Wise Landscaping presentation

Be Prepared for Wildfire or Natural Disasters

Here are some resources to help you get prepared for wildfire and other natural disasters.

Keeping ahead of COVID-19

This rapidly evolving coronavirus (COVID-19) has imposed an unsettling, fluid situation upon our community and its businesses. While the team here still aims to maintain a “business as usual” approach, we are making a number of significant changes to our operations to account for a situation that is far from normal.