NPR highlights value of REALFire program

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.

REALFire program provides homeowners with wildfire mitigation

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.  

Newly Released Lake Christine Post-Fire Mitigation Study Highlights Value of Property Mitigation

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 teams with FirstBank on wildfire mitigation funding

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.

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Wildfire risk is par for the course in Basalt and El Jebel

Eric Lovgren has became one of the most popular people in the Roaring Fork Valley this month.

The Eagle County Wildfire Mitigation Coordinator’s advice on how homeowners can shore up their property to make it less susceptible to wildfire is suddenly in high demand because of the Lake Christine Fire.

“When smoke’s in the air,” Lovgren said, “that’s the best time to get people’s attention.”

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Wildfire risk is par for the course in Basalt and El Jebel

Wildfire Season Is Now A Rubik’s Cube Of Homeowner Action, Insurance Concerns

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

May is Wildfire Awareness Month!

This summer’s Vail Home Magazine features an update from VBR on Wildfire Awareness Month, with a spotlight on the REALFire program and the value of defensible space. Read the full article here:
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Wildfire in Brett Trail Neighborhood Serves as Mitigation Reminder

A recent wildfire in Eagle County that burned near homes in the Brett Trail neighborhood reminds us of the importance of wildfire mitigation. Homes were built under the county’s wildfire building regulations and maintained “defensible space” on their properties. Read more about the blaze and what fire professionals anticipate for the coming fire season.

Firefighters mop up around the edges of their treatment area following the recent wildfire in Eagle County (April 2018). Image courtesy of Eagle County.

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Gutzler Fire Burning in Eagle County: Is Your Home Prepared?

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.

Homeowners’ Mitigation Helps Saves Homes

Boulder County’s Wildfire Partners mitigation program was put to the test during the recent Cold Springs Fire near Nederland. The program, similar to REALFire, encourages homeowners to take action on their property and earn a mitigation certificate. Thanks to a combination of homeowners’ hard work and fire fighter response, all eight Wildfire Partners homes within the burn perimeter survived intact. Read more about mitigation testimonials on the Wildfire Partners website. http://www.wildfirepartners.org/wildfire-mitigation-helps-save-homes-cold-springs-fire/

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