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Fire Mitigation Alert

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

July 2, 2018 

COALITION FOR THE UPPER SOUTH PLATTE

Contact:          Jane Mannon

                        719-748-0033

                        Jane@CUSP.ws

                        www.CUSP.ws

 

FIRE MITIGATION ALERT

 Lake George, CO, July 2, 2018 – Area fires highlight need for property owners to act to reduce wildfire risk on their property and neighborhoods. Although the majority of the area is outside the immediate risk area from the local fires, the dry fuels created by the prolonged area drought present an extreme wildfire hazard. The Coalition for the Upper South Platte requests that property owners and residents take specific fire mitigation action focused on the home and working outward.

The following steps can help with the impact of wildfire:

  •      Assure address signs are visible from the end of the driveway, at night and in smoke,
  •      Clean leaves, twigs, and other debris from roofs and gutters,
  •      Rake and remove flammable mulch within 10 feet of the structure,
  •      Trim branches that overhang the home,
  •      Trim trees 10 feet from ground level within 30 feet of a residence,
  •      Mow and water lawns,
  •      Remove vegetation and other combustible materials from around propane tanks,
  •      Move firewood to at least 100 feet from the structure,
  •      Identify and mark water sources (cisterns, streams, pools),
  •      Enclose vents and soffits with 1/18” metal screen or cover with aluminum foil and duct tape,
  •      Enclose areas under decks, steps, and patios,
  •      Remove flammable items from the yard (lawn furniture, lawn mowers, gas cans, etc),
  •      Contact neighbors to plan cooperative mitigation efforts on shared boundaries.

Risk reduction actions you complete now could save your home or life in the case of a wildfire. This just-in-time mitigation will improve your home’s chances of survival, reduce potential damage, and provide a safer environment for fire fighters.

 

The Coalition for the Upper South Platte is available to assist you if you have any questions.  To learn more please contact CUSP @ 719-748-0033.

 

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Q: How can I find out if there is Fuels Mitigation Funding available to me?

A: Complete a Forestry Intake Form through CUSP:  (insert link).

Visit the CO State Forest Service web page: http://csfs.colostate.edu/pages/funding.html

Firewise: http://www.firewise.org/

Fire Adapted Communities: http://www.fireadapted.org/

Q: What is a Firewise community vs. a Fire Adapted Community?

A: The Firewise Communities Program encourages local solutions for safety by involving homeowners in taking individual responsibility for preparing their homes from the risk of wildfire. Firewise is a key component of Fire Adapted Communities.

For more information on Firewise communities go to: http://www.firewise.org/

Fire Adapted Communities means that everything at risk of wildfire is prepared, including businesses, infrastructure, cultural resources, and natural areas. The Fire Adapted Communities Program is a collaborative approach that connects all those who play a role in wildfire education, planning and action with comprehensive resources to help reduce risk and educate on possible funding assistance.

For more information on Fire Adapted Communities go to: http://www.fireadapted.org/

Q: Is my property/county included in a Colorado Wildfire Protection Plan?

A: Visit:  http://csfs.colostate.edu/…/CommunityWildfireProtectionPlans.html and select your county/local community.

Q: Is there an age requirement to help with chipping?

A: Age16 is the minimum age requirement for chipping.  We do allow kids as young as 10 to help move material closer to the chipper. Safety is paramount to CUSP and it is imperative for anyone using the chipper to receive our safety message and check for understanding prior to assisting with chipping.

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