Wildland Fire Mitigation

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Fire Safety Guidelines


Wildland fire is a naturally occurring event that will happen at some point in time. All property owners should take steps to mitigate for this event by creating “defensible space” zones around your home.

Grand County Division of Natural Resources (DNR) in conjunction with the Colorado State Forest Service encourages all property owners to practice Firewise techniques for home construction and creating defensible space on your property. Wildland fire hazards exist on most forested home sites but many hazards can be reduced by following Firewise practices. 

The following can make your home safer from embers and radiant heat:

  • Clean roofs & gutters of dead leaves, debris and pine needles that could catch embers.
  • Replace or repair any loose or missing shingles or roof tiles to prevent ember penetration.
  • Enclose under-eave and soffit vents or screen with metal mesh to prevent ember entry.
  • Cover exterior attic vents with metal wire mesh no larger than 1/8 inch to prevent sparks from entering the home.
  • Repair or replace damaged or loose window screens and any broken windows.
  • Screen or box-in areas below patios and decks with wire mesh to prevent debris and combustible materials from accumulating.
  • Move any flammable material away from wall exteriors - mulch, flammable plants, leaves and needles, firewood piles - anything that can burn.
  • Remove anything stored underneath decks or porches.

For more information, please visit the Firewise website and see the Home & Landscape section.  For more tips on preparing for an approaching wildland fire, visit the Ready, Set, Go! website.

Contact Information


Grand County DNR, 970-887-0745
Colorado State Forest Service, 970-887-3121
BeWildfireReady.org.