Firewise Communities Participate in First CO Wildfire Preparedness Day of Service

Every year, wildfires burn across the United States and more and more people are living where wildfires are a real risk. In 2012, Colorado experienced more than 300 wildfires that included last summer’s Waldo Canyon Fire, which destroyed 345 homes and forced the evacuation of over 30,000 residents.

On May 4, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), in coordination with the American Red Cross, Colorado State Forest Service, Colorado Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, READYColorado, and Rocky Mountain Insurance Information Association, will host its first Wildfire Preparedness Day of Service, being piloted in Colorado.

Three Colorado communities (Majestic Park and Friends of the Forest, both in Woodland Park, and Roxborough Park in Roxborough Park, Colorado) officially recognized through the Firewise Communities/USA Recognition Program, are coordinating Day of Service activities along with many other participants.

Date: Saturday, May 4, 2013

Locations:

Woodland Park, Colorado, 9:00 a.m.

Defensible Space Workshop, Northeast Teller County Fire District – Station #1

1010 Evergreen Heights Drive, Woodland Park, Colo.

Roxborough Park, Colorado, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Wildfire Preparedness activities hosted by the Roxborough Park Homeowners Association’s

Fire Mitigation Committee

Community Center — 6237 Roxborough Drive, Roxborough Park, Colo.

Granby, Colorado, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Collaborative project of Grand Fire Protection District No. 1 and the Middle Park High School girls soccer team – distributing Firewise information to homeowners in the Bussey Hill subdivision

Grand Fire Protection District No. 1 — 60500 US Hwy 40, Granby, Colo.

A community in Evergreen, Colo. is participating in a project that will count towards their application to become a Firewise Communities/USA site; and a community in north Boulder is hosting a project with the local fire department and the Colorado State Forest Service to demonstrate Firewise concepts to residents.

Participants:

  • American Red Cross
  • Colorado Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management
  • Colorado State Forest Service
  • National Fire Protection Association
  • READYColorado
  • Rocky Mountain Insurance Information Association

Background: An estimated 45 million homes abut or intermingle with wildlands, and more than 70,000 communities across the U.S. are at risk from wildfire. The Wildfire Preparedness Day of Service provides a unique opportunity for Colorado residents to get involved and take action against the threat of wildland fire across the state.

Planned projects include activities that can be accomplished in under an hour or in one day, and have been developed by individuals, homeowner groups or partner agencies and non-profits to meet the needs of their community. The Day of Service targets residents of all ages with a special emphasis on youth and what they can do to make their community a safer place.

NFPA, with support from Governor Hickenlooper, recently proclaimed May 4, 2013 as an official Wildfire Preparedness Day of Service. The Day of Service coincides with the International Association of Wildland Fire’s Global Wildfire Awareness Week.

The Firewise Communities Program encourages local solutions for safety by involving homeowners in taking individual responsibility for preparing their homes from the risk of wildfire. Firewise is a key component of Fire Adapted Communities–a collaborative approach that connects all those who play a role in wildfire education, planning and action with comprehensive resources to help reduce risk. The Firewise Communities Program and the Fire Adapted Communities initiative are sponsored by the National Fire Protection Association and USDA Forest Service.

Contacts: Cathy Prudhomme – cprudhomme@nfpa.org 303-736-8461 / 720-883-4627

Lorraine Carli – lcarli@nfpa.org 617-984-7275 / 617-840-4180

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