Wildland Fire Mitigation
Every year, wildfires burn across the United States, and a growing number of people are living where wildfires are a real risk. In 2018 more than 58,000 fires burned nearly nine million acres across the U.S. More than 25,000 structures were destroyed, including 18,137 residences and 229 commercial structures. California accounted for the highest number of structures lost in one state due to the number of significant fires, including the Mendocino Complex, Carr, Camp and Woolsey fires.
The Wildland Fire Mitigation program within the Division of Natural Resources provides information and resources about steps you can take to reduce the risk of a wildfire consuming your property. It includes assessing the risks around your property, recognizing the wildfire dangers and your responsibility in mitigating them, thereby creating a defensible space.
For more information about wildfires and wildfire mitigation for your own property, please go to Colorado Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management's Wildfire page by clicking HERE or by visiting the Additional Resources & Information sites listed at the bottom of this page.
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 and your local Fire Protection District, 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.
Additional Information & Resources
- Prepare your home for Wildfires
- Wildfire Preparedness Tips
- Wildfire Codes & Standards
- How to Stay Safe During a Wildfire
- Firewise USA Website
- Ready, Set, Go! A Personal Wildland Fire Action Guide
Fuel Reduction Cost-share Program provided through the Grand County Wildfire Council, click HERE
Schelly Olson, Grand One Fire Protection District, Firewise Coordinator
Grand County DNR
Colorado State Forest Service