Fire Preparedness and Mitigation

How do you know if you live in a wildfire hazard zone? How do you find out what your risk is?

There are many Colorado residents that live in what is called the "Wildland Urban Interface (WUI)". The WUI consists of areas where human development is close to the natural terrain and flammable vegetation.  With the vast expansion of residential construction/communities into previously undeveloped forests and wildlands, a great amount of homes are at risk from wildfires. In order to determine if your property is at risk, please contact your local fire department OR find out your propertys risk on the Colorado Wildfire Risk Assessment Portal

What steps can I take to protect my property against wildfires?

Create defensible space around your home, using fire-resistant building materials, and regularly clearing combustibles around your home that could serve as fuel for a wildfire.   

Resources: 

FireWise Wildfire Preparedness Materials

To prepare yourself and your family for a variety of natural disasters, you should Build an Emergency Kit 

 

What are some things I need to consider after a wildfire in my community?

Wildfires dramatically alter the terrain and ground conditions of the affected area.  If your community is impacted by a wildfire, you may be at an even greater risk of flooding.  See FloodSmart’s Flood After Fire Risks for information on post-wildfire flooding hazards and how to protect your property with flood insurance. Check out FEMA’s Rebuilding after a Wildfire fact sheet; this comprehensive list highlights information about creating a defensible space around your home and some other post-wildfire considerations.