New pilot program aims to protect homes and property from wildfire
Boulder County, Colo. – Wildfire Partners is a new, voluntary program to help homeowners prepare for wildfire. Boulder County is encouraging residents to apply for this unique opportunity to receive valuable wildfire mitigation assistance and rebates.
This pilot program is funded by Boulder County and a $980,000 Wildfire Risk Reduction Grant from the Colorado Department of Natural Resources, along with numerous partners.
“The Fourmile Canyon Fire, High Park Fire, Waldo Canyon Fire, Black Forrest Fire and other wildfires tell us that we could be next,” said Sugarloaf resident and firefighter CB Bassity. “The assistance from Wildfire Partners will be a great help to residents. Websites and brochures are helpful, but these folks know their stuff and can see things we might overlook.”
How to Apply
Homeowners must apply and be accepted into the program to take advantage of this opportunity. Wildfire Partners plans to accept 500 homeowners in 2014. Anyone not accepted this year will be placed on a waiting list.
The Wildfire Partners’ application can be completed and submitted online, at www.WildfirePartners.org or by calling a Wildfire Advisor, at 303-446-7877. Applications must be submitted by March 3 to be considered.
- Home must be located in unincorporated western Boulder County, or the towns of Jamestown, Lyons, Nederland or Ward.
- Applicants must own their home. (Renters are not eligible to apply.)
- Applicants agree to participate in an individual home assessment and complete recommended mitigation measures.
“Wildfire mitigation not only improves forest health, but enhances your safety, the safety of your family and friends, community and, importantly, that of emergency responders working to control a wildfire,” said Brett Haberstick, former Sunshine Fire Protection District Chief.
Many Boulder County residents are already working hard to prepare for future wildfires, but many still require assistance. Wildfire Partners offers many benefits, including:
- An individual, on-site, wildfire home assessment with a Wildfire Mitigation Specialist and a customized report that identifies the weak links in a home’s defenses.
- $300 in rebates for every Wildfire Partner and additional need and merit-based rebates for some participants.
- Free access to Wildfire Phone Advisors, available by phone at 303-446-7877 from 8 a.m.–6 p.m., Monday–Friday to answer questions and support on-site mitigation efforts.
- A follow-up inspection that takes place after recommended mitigation measures are completed.
- A certificate stating homeowners performed recommended mitigation actions.
Through the grant, 8 wildfire mitigation experts have been hired as on-site Wildfire Mitigation Specialists, and a team of Wildfire Phone Advisors are available to assist residents.
“I am very excited to part of this partnership between mitigation experts and landowners,” said Wildfire Mitigation Specialist Abby Silver. “One-on-one communication seems to me to be a formula for success, because each homeowner has their own personal priorities and preferences that will be taken into account when determining a treatment plan for their property that conforms to current best practices in home ignition zone mitigation.”
For more information or to apply, visit www.WildfirePartners.org or contact a Wildfire Advisor at 303-446-7877.