WildFIRE mitigation

The Falcon Fire Protection District (FFPD) protects approximately 113 square miles and a population of about 30,000. Over one-third of the property is located in boundary areas or in the urban interface. The urban interface is best defined as the area where homes meet the wildlands or where homes are intermixed with the wildlands. This includes both grasslands and forest.

All these areas are covered with vegetation that will sustain wildfire under certain weather conditions and promote destructive wildfires. El Paso County has experienced many wildfires in the past, with the 2012 Waldo Canyon fire and the 2013 Black Forest fire as the most destructive in Colorado history. Studies have revealed that historically large wildfires impacted the Front Range an average of every 2-7 years. The vegetation that occupies the foothills, Ponderosa Pine and native grasses, are fire-adapted species which thrive in fire environments.

FFPD's weather has a very strong influence on fire behavior. We are located in a rain shadow due to the topography to the west. In addition, the Front Range experiences strong and erratic winds due to thunderstorm activity in the spring and summer, and Chinook winds in the fall and winter. In addition, we experience local wind phenomena that occur due to extreme topographic features to the west. A combination of high temperatures, low humidities, little or no moisture for prolonged periods, and combustible vegetation make the Front Range environment susceptible to large wildfires. Small fires can turn large in an instant.

Urban sprawl and development in the wildlands has contributed to the ever increasing wildfire problem. It is our goal to work with our community as well as other local fire departments, citizens, local, state, and federal agencies to mitigate and manage the wildfire danger in the FFPD.

Because many of the homes in our district are located within the wildland urban interface, it is crucial that homeowners work in partnership with us to create the safest environment possible. Homeowners must take a personal investment in understanding the risk and the ways that defensible spaces and defendable structures not only help themselves, but their entire community.

The Falcon Fire Protection District has staff that are trained and prepared to help homeowners better protect their families, homes, and property. It’s never too early to start preparing. Please review the links below and let us know how we can help!

For additional information or assistance with your property, please call us at 719-495-4050 or email us at falconfire@falconfirepd.org

Homeowner's Guide to VegEtation Management

This 10-page guide provides an overview of wildfire mitigation and vegetation management principles, steps homeowners can take to improve their home's survivability, information about fire-resistant plants, and more.

FIREWISE COMMUNITIES PROGRAM

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Firewise Communities Program encourages homeowners to take individual responsibility for preparing their homes from the risk of wildfire. Two neighborhoods in the Falcon Fire Protection District have been recognized under the Firewise Communities USA program; will yours be next?

CSFS QUICK GUIDE: PROTECTING YOUR HOME FROM WILDFIRE

The Colorado State Forest Service offers tips for creating wildfire-defensible zones around structures in this 12-page guide. 

PROTECT YOUR HOME, PROPERTY, AND FOREST FROM WILDFIRE (CSFS)

This is a Colorado State Forest Service website with information about mitigation and links to additional resources. 

Pikes Peak Wildfire Prevention PartnerS (PPWPP)

PPWPP is a consortium of private and public entities working to educate residents on the importance of forest health, wildfire prevention, and wildfire mitigation. The organization hosts meetings and workshops on relevant topics. The PPWPP Resources page contains links to numerous resources for preparedness, evacuation, mitigation, and more.  

creating a fire adapted HomE (IIBHS)

The Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety compiled this guide to help homeowners select appropriate materials and construction methods when building or renovating a home. It also explains the science behind fire resistance ratings and best practices such as keeping gutters free of vegetative material.

reducing wildfire risK (IIBHS) 

This printable tri-fold pamphlet from the Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety provides a concise, illustrated overview of mitigation best practices.

WILDFIRE HOME ASSESSMENT & CHECKLIST (IIBHS)

What to know and what you can do to prepare as presented by the Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety.

El Paso County Open Burning Permit Process

Controlled burning is one method used to dispose of slash that results from mitigation efforts. However, all such burns in El Paso County require a permit and can only be done under certain conditions per El Paso County Ordinance 15-001. Click the link above to access the website where you can apply for a burn permit. We also have more information on our Open Fire/Open Burning page.

NATURAL RESOURCES GRANTS & ASSISTANCE DATABASE

This website lists grants and assistance opportunities for natural resource projects including wildfire mitigation.

INCOME 65: WILDFIRE MITIGATION MEASURES SUBTRACTION

You may be elegible to deduct a portion of your mitigation expenses from your federal taxable income. Click the link above for details.

 

RESIDENTIAL WILDLAND FIRE RISK ASSESSMENT