Reduce Your Home’s Wildfire Risk

The Estes Valley Fire Protection District and Estes Park Board of Realtors are hosting a Firewise® presentation on Thursday, Aug. 11 at 6:00 p.m. in the Fire Station training room at 901 N. Saint Vrain Ave. Attendees will learn how to protect their home and property from wildfire by applying nationally recognized Firewise principles.
A wild land fire could be devastating to our community. A proactive approach is needed because once a wildfire threatens an area, there isn’t time to do mitigation work.
The Aug. 11 class will provide details on actions you can take to create a Firewise home with surrounding defensible space, including:
• Thin continuous tree and brush cover around all structures.
• Clean out gutters and roof areas where pine needles collect.
• Clean pine needles and other debris from under decks and in corners of structures.
• Mow grass and weeds around structures.
• Prune tree branches to eliminate the possibility of fire reaching the branches.
• Remove any small tree or shrub from under large trees to eliminate a ladder for fire up to the tree branches.
• Stack firewood at least 30 feet away from any structure.
• Post reflective house numbers at the edge of the road so they are clearly visible both day and night.
• Make sure the driveway is at least 12 feet wide and all tree branches are cleared to a height of 14 feet to allow emergency response vehicles safe access to all structures.

For more information or to have a Residential Firewise Risk Assessment completed for your property, please contact Fire Inspector Emily Franklin at or 970-577-3682.

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