Fire Mitigation

Courtesy Red, White &, Blue Fire District.

Tips to Protect Your Home From Wildfire

  • Actively manage your roof. Clean roof and gutters of pine needles and leaves at least twice a year to eliminate an ignition source for potential fires. This eliminates an ignition source for firebrands, especially during hot, dry weather.
  • Beyond the initial 15 feet, thin trees to achieve 10-12 foot crown spacing. Occasionally, clumps of 2 or 3 trees are acceptable for a more natural appearance, if additional space surrounds them.
  • Create defensible space on flat ground a minimum of 75 feet around a home. Increase this diameter if the structure is located on a slope.
  • Dispose of all slash and debris left from thinning by either chipping, hauling away or piling and burning. Contact your local fire department or local Colorado State Forest Service forester for burning restrictions and/or assistance.
  • Mow grasses and weeds to a height of 6 inches or less for a distance of 30 feet from all structures.
  • Place liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) containers at least 30 feet from structures. Clear anything flammable, including vegetation, from within 10 feet of all tanks.
  • Prune tree branches within the defensible space up to a height of 10 feet above ground.
  • Remove shrubs and small trees or other potential ladder fuels from beneath large trees. Left in place, these fuels can carry a ground fire into tree crowns.
  • Remove unhealthy vegetation. Trees and shrubs that are stressed, diseased, dead or dying should be removed so that they do not become a fuel source for potential fires.
  • Stack firewood away from your house. Locate firewood at least 15 feet uphill from your home. Do not stack firewood under the deck.
  • Thin out continuous tree and brush (shrub) cover around structures. Remove flammable vegetation from within the initial 15 feet around structures.
  • Trim any branches extending over roofs, and remove branches within 15 feet of chimneys.

USFS Projects

  1. White Cloud: for all intents and purposes, this project is done.  Cutting and hauling are fully complete.  We still need to remove the culvert on the private property, which will be done in May when it thaws out a little.  I really appreciate your help and patience throughout this project.  We certainly had some undesirable situations come up but I think the final product is well worth it.
  2. Blue River West: this is a 110 acre handwork (chainsaw) and pile project paralleling highway 9 (map attached).  We prepped the project last summer and hosted a project show-me, but received no acceptable bids within budget.  We will re-bid this project the second week of May and hopefully we will get an acceptable bid this time around.  The contractor will have two seasons to complete this project (till summer 2023). 
  3. Spruce Creek: this is a 12 acre mechanical project with removal right by Spruce Creek trailhead (see map).  These 12 acres were delineated out from the Blue River West handwork project because we can access and remove the wood.  Unfortunately topography and access prohibited us from getting any more out.  Trucks will utilize Spruce Creek Rd to get material out.  It will only be a dozen or two trucks worth and hauling during the summer (not 308 loads during winter like White Cloud) so it will not be as intensive as White Cloud was.
  4. Blue River East: this is a strategic fuel break on USFS lands east of highway 9 (see map).  This project will mostly be handwork, with the possibility of maybe getting a small portion of material removed.  I am starting to look for access points now, but the project will go out to bid late 2023 or 2024.

Wildfire Preparedness & Defensible Space Webinar


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You are invited to a Zoom webinar. 
When: Apr 13, 2022 06:00 PM Mountain Time (US and Canada) 
Topic: Blue River Fire Preparedness & Defensible Space Webinar

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