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Wildfire Preparedness

Evergreen & Conifer rank #1 in Colorado and in the top 10 nationally for risk of property loss to wildfire. Paradise, CA, was #1 nationally.
Read below to find out how you can protect your home, get involved, and be prepared in the event of a wildfire.

Fire Restrictions & Bans

Evergreen Fire Rescue encourages you to continue using due diligence with any live fire. Before you light a campfire of any kind please check to be sure there is not a Fire Restriction or Fire Ban in effect. Campfires should be called in to the fire department at 303.980.7300 before you light them and after you extinguish it. Please be sure to fully extinguish your cigarettes, campfires and charcoal grills.

Slash Collection

It’s Wildfire Season ... Protect Your Home!
Clear your property and bring your tree debris to the Jefferson County Slash Collection! For 2020, we’ll be somewhere in Jefferson County every weekend from June 6 through Nov. 1. Check back as the locations are being finalized.

What is Slash?
Slash is debris, from nature, such as tree limbs, prunings and pine needles. If not removed, slash can add to potential fire hazards on your property. The importance of mitigating and preparing your property for wildfire cannot be overstated - and again this year, Jefferson County is your partner in this effort.

The Importance of Mitigation
Removing slash and creating a defensible space around your home, is the first line of defense against wildfires. You can create zones around your home, removing any fire fuels, such as tree debris. Having a properly mitigated property doesn’t mean that wildfire will pass you by, but it gives the fire department a better opportunity to save your home when it does come. Great tips on how to protect your home and property can be found on the Jeffco Sheriff’s hazard mitigation page and at Fire Wise website.

What Can I Do To Protect My Home?

Your home is located in a dynamic environment that is always changing. Trees, grasses, and shrubs continue to grow, die, or are damaged, and drop their leaves and needles each season. Just like your home, the defensible space around it requires regular, ongoing maintenance to be effective.

Is Your Neighborhood part of a CWPIP?

Visit the Evergreen Fire Rescue Wildfire Prevention web page for detailed Community Wildfire Protection Implementation Plans & Maps.

If your area isn't listed, don't wait for disaster to strike! Work with your neighbors to get a CWPIP for your area.

NO HOME OR BUSINESS LEFT BEHIND!

  • Make sure your neighborhood is working on a plan.
  • Make a plan with your employees.
  • EVERYONE will be impacted.

Other Wildfire Ready Resources

How Can I Get Involved?

A statewide effort, that starts with your neighborhood!
Landowners all over Colorado are taking actions to reduce their wildfire risk. Learn about the work the Windcliff community in Estes Park has been doing to encourage community involvement in wildfire mitigation efforts.

John Putt, Wildfire Education Coordinator, Mountain Metro Association of Realtors

Jeffco Wildfire Risk Reduction Task Force
Lesley Dahlkemper, Jefferson County Commissioner

The Jeffco Wildfire Risk Reduction Task Force is comprised of 30+ stakteholders, including Evergreen Fire & Rescue, County Leaders (Jeffco Open Space, Planning & Zoning, Sheriff’s Office, Public Affairs, ect.), community members, local business, forestry services and more.

90 minute meetings are held monthly, on the 3rd Thursday, from 2:00-2:30 pm at the Jeffco Admin Building, and are open to the public.

Jeffco Wildfire Risk Reduction Task Force
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Rotary Wildfire Ready
The Rotary Club of Evergreen & Conifer Rotary

The Rotary Club of Evergreen has enjoined members of the Conifer Rotary to reach out to our communities to educate and prepare for wild fires that are a permanent threat to our mountain people and properties. Rotary Evergreen’s team has created a Rotary sponsored outreach organization, Rotary Wildfire Ready, whose mission in to engage our mountain communities in best practices to protect our homes, our environment, our way of life, our very lives.

Our region, as you know, is one of the top FIVE most likely areas for a major, deadly wild fire in the USA. We could be staring at a fire very similar to the Camp Fire, which consumed Paradise, California in 2018!

Visit rotarywildfireready.com to learn more | Click here for RWR Newsletter Sample

Jefferson County Wildfire Risks, Challenges, & Priorities

Wildfire Risks

  • Impact of 100,000-acre wildfire in west Jeffco:
    10,000 homes in the fire footprint
    100 businesses destroyed
    60,000 people evacuated
    $5-10 billion in losses
    $250 million in direct and indirect costs

Source: Jeffco Wildfire Study Session, May 2019

Challenges

  • Increase in emergency calls as residents age
  • Greater challenges mitigating property
    (fixed incomes, increased costs)
  • Decrease in availability of volunteer firefighters from local communities
  • Declining resources

Priorities

  • Wildfire mitigation
  • Community awareness efforts
  • Planning and Zoning
    • Hardening homes
    • Sign policy
    • ROWs

Presentation by Lesley Dahlkemper, Jefferson County Commissioner

Jefferson County Wildfire Preparedness Efforts

Jeffco Open Space

  • 48,000 acres of open space (16,000 acres are forested land)
  • $2,500 to mitigate one acre (mechanical thinning)
  • 250+ acres slated for mitigation in 2019-23; $1M budgeted

Where: Flying J Ranch, Alderfer, Reynolds, Meyer Ranch

Partners: Denver Mountain Parks, CO State Forest Service, Evergreen Fire Protection Dist., Elk Creek Fire Dist., Jefferson Conservation Dist., private landowners

Jeffco Sheriff’s Emergency Management Team and Mitigation Education

Jeffco Slash Program

Unhealthy forest on the left, Healthy forest on the right.

State Government Efforts