Help protect your home and property from wildland fires
Areas where natural terrain and flammable vegetation border man-made improvements are the most vulnerable to wildfires. Homeowners should take preventive measures to reduce the threat of wildfires to their homes and property, particularly in areas where wildland and urban areas meet.
To protect a home from wildfire, the No. 1 goal is to reduce or eliminate ignition sources and fuels within the Home Ignition Zone (PDF), which extends 100 feet beyond your home. Taking steps now can make your home more wildfire resistant:
- Remove flammable materials from your property, such as firewood, dead leaves or piles of anything that could burn. Preferably, flammable materials should be no closer than 30 feet from your home.
- Keep roofs and gutters free of dead leaves, debris and pine needles.
- Install hard surfaces, such as a concrete walkway, or use non-combustible mulch products, such as rock, within 5 feet of your home.
- Mow the lawn and use low-growing herbaceous (non-woody) plants and shrubs – preferably no juniper or high-oil content plants.
- Keep lawns and native grasses to a height of 4 inches.
- Remove shrubs and trees within 0 to 5-feet of the home or structures.
For more tips on preparing property and homes for wildfire, visit Colorado State Forest Service’s website for wildfire mitigation resources or the National Fire Protection Association for wildfire public education resources.
If you hire a mitigation company to help prepare your property, do your homework first and get references. You also can contact CRFD at 303-660-1066 for suggestions on who to contact.
Protecting a home or property from wildfire is not a one-time effort. It’s a process that requires ongoing preparation and shared responsibility.