WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE A "FIREWISE" COMMUNITY? Since 2002, The Firewise Communities/USA Recognition Program has empowered neighbors to work together in reducing their wildfire risk. Join the growing network of more than 1200 recognized Firewise communities across the nation taking action and ownership in preparing and protecting their homes against the threat of wildfire.
Using a five-step process, communities develop an action plan that guides their residential risk reduction activities, while engaging and encouraging their neighbors to become active participants in building a safer place to live. Neighborhoods throughout the United States are embracing the benefits of becoming a recognized Firewise Community – and you can too!
Here are the five steps of Firewise recognition:
Obtain a wildfire risk assessment as a written document from your state forestry agency or fire department.
Form a board or committee, and create an action plan based on the assessment.
Conduct a “Firewise Day” event.
Invest a minimum of $2 per capita in local Firewise actions for the year.
Submit an application to your state Firewise liaison. Here's the contact information for Colorado's liaison:
Courtney Peterson, Wildfire Mitigation Ed Coordinator Colorado State Forest Service 5060 Campus Delivery Fort Collins, Colorado 80523 (970) 491-2832 firstname.lastname@example.org
NATIONAL FIRE PROTECTION ASSOCIATION NEWSLETTER Check out the latest edition of NFPA's Fire Break Newsletter here.
READY, SET, GO! Both Platte Canyon Fire District and Elk Creek Fire District (which covers several communities in North Park County) encourage all of us to know what to do in case a wildfire threatens our homes. Check out the publication Ready, Set, Go! on Ready, Set, Go! website here.
CODE RED® PROGRAM Park County Code RED® program --register your phone number(s) at www.parkco.us (click on the Code RED® button on the right side of the home page) to receive emergency notifications.
OTHER HELPFUL MATERIALS Colorado State University Cooperative Extension Publication number 6.302, entitled Creating Wildfire-Defensible Zones, is available here.Check out the website Firewise.org for a plethora of information on wildfire safety.
REFLECTIVE GREEN ADDRESS SIGNS The 6” by 18” green address signs with white reflective numbers are available for $10. These are the same signs, at the same price, available for sale at Park County administrative offices in Fairplay -- just closer! Email Kathy Lower if you would like to buy one, or call her at (303) 815-0184.