NPR recently highlighted the role of REALFire® and similar voluntary programs as a key strategy for communities to address wildfire. Listen to CWPC Director Mike Budd and Eagle County Wildfire Mitigation Specialist Eric Lovgren as they discuss the program. Read or listen to the full story.
Author: Molly Mowery
In a recent article in the Vail Valley Partnership, the Vail Board of REALTORS® highlights the importance of the REALFire® program and local opportunities for homeowners and realtors to engage more on wildfire mitigation. Read the full article here.
The recently released Lake Christine Fire: A Post-Fire Study on the Effectiveness of Wildfire Mitigation Activities in Identified Neighborhoods determined that homes which survived the Lake Christine Fire can be attributed to a combination of suppression and mitigation actions. In many cases, property mitigation supported firefighters in their response and suppression efforts by enabling them to make safer decisions and created a more efficient response. In several instances, mitigated homes survived on their own without any firefighter intervention. Voluntary and mandatory mitigation efforts complemented one another and reinforced the REALFire program’s role in increasing neighborhood resiliency to future wildfires. Read more about the study here: Lake Christine Fire Mitigation Study
Eagle County and FirstBank, Colorado’s largest locally owned bank with a focus on “banking for good,” are offering private landowners and collective groups of private landowners in the Roaring Fork Valley the opportunity to apply for incentive funding to reduce wildfire risk.
FirstBank made a $50,000 donation last December to help recovery and mitigation efforts after the Lake Christine Fire. The money will be used to provide property owners financial and technical assistance to safeguard their homes and create fire adapted communities. The effort is also in a partnership with Eagle County, Roaring Fork Fire & Rescue and the Town of Basalt.
Colorado Public Radio recently aired a story on the upcoming wildfire season, highlighting the importance of property assessments such as REALFire and Wildfire Partners. Click here to listen to or read the full story:
Wildfire Season Is Now A Rubik’s Cube Of Homeowner Action, Insurance Concerns
Eric Lovgren, Wildfire Mitigation Coordinator for Eagle County, made an appearance on Good Morning Vail to discuss community concerns over the 974-acre Gutzler Fire. The fire is currently burning in the White River National Forest, 13 miles southwest of Kremmling. Eric highlighted the need for homeowners to prepare for fire season by creating and maintaining defensible space, which improves the chances of a home’s survival during a wildfire event. An easy and free way for homeowners to initiate their defensible space work is by contacting the REALFire program! Watch this quick video to learn more about what you can do to prepare for fire season.