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Living in the WUI (Wildland Urban Interface)

If you're fortunate to live in or visit the Estes Valley, you are spending time in the Wildland-Urban Interface (WUI). The below resources can aid you in protecting your home from the threat of wildfire and help us all be better stewards of our environment.

Fortunately, there are actions that we can all take to reduce the risk of wildfire and increase our resiliency when wildfire occurs. 

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Estes Valley Fire is working closely with the Estes Valley Watershed Coalition to update our Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP). You can learn more on this ArcGIS story map

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Click for a PDF of our Estes Valley Wildfire Preparedness Action Guide

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Property Assessment Program​

The best thing a property owner can do is take proactive steps to create defensible space on their property. Our Wildfire Mitigation Specialists conduct individual home assessments to evaluate your wildland fire risk and hazard and to provide wildfire information for homeowner's associations and events. 

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WUI Fuel Mitigation Tax Credit.pdf

 

I've had my assessment, now what? 

Once you understand your risks, you can start to address them. Many recommendations are straight forward based on the assessment criteria, but you can find more resources on how to make your property more fire resistant below

 

Videos

See this 2020 summary of "Living in the Wildland Urban Interface" prepared for the Estes Valley Library, presented by Fire Chief David Wolf and Fire Marshal Kevin Sullivan. 

 

In this video, Dr. Jack Cohen from the National Fire Protection Association explains what you can do to protect your home from a wildfire

 

2017 workshop with Colorado State University Extension and the Colorado State Forest Service on how to help prepare your home for a wildfire.  

 

Links/Resources

National Fire Protection Association FireWise program:

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Ready, Set, Go educational program:

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