Living in Colorado sometimes means living through dry spells and high risk of fire danger. Stretches without rain and snow, combined with high winds that come off the mountains cause conditions ripe for wildfire. Fire mitigation is a series of steps that you can take to reduce the risk of a wildfire consuming your property. It includes assessing the risks around your property (tree health, ladder fuels, how and where you store materials, etc.), recognizing the wildfire dangers and your responsibility in mitigating them, and creating 3 zones of defensible space (0-30’, 30-100’, 100’+).
When you live in Colorado, enduring droughts and high fire danger is a reality of life. Homeowners have little control over when a wildfire will start and where it will impact, but there are intentional steps you can take to make sure your home is better protected. This is commonly referred to as the practice of “fire mitigation”, and it is crucial for homeowners in the more wooded areas of the Pikes Peak region, such as Black Forest or the foothills areas of Colorado Springs and Monument.