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Wildfire Awareness Month

Be Aware, Be Prepared, Be Firewise

Most Wildfire Awareness Month events planned for 2013 have been cancelled due to the impacts of the September flood. See Forest Health Outreach Schedule of Events for events that are scheduled. The Boulder County Wildfire Mitigation Challenge has been canceled for 2013.

The Science of Home Ignition: Reducing your Home’s Vulnerability to Wildfire

Presented by by Dr. Stephen Quarles of the Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety (IBHS). Dr. Quarles is a national leader in building science and wildfire research. As a Senior Scientist with IBHS, he studies the vulnerabilities of buildings subjected to wildfire exposures. IBHS has developed the capability of effectively reproducing ember storms typically observed during wildfires at their Research Center in Richburg, South Carolina. (Watch the IBHS Ember Storm demonstration video).The primary objective of this research is to reduce the likelihood of wildfire-caused building ignitions in communities located in wildfire-prone areas.

Come learn from the source – the scientist who is conducting this groundbreaking research - about what you should do to retrofit your home and help prepare for future wildfires.

The Science of Home Ignition: Reducing your Home’s Vulnerability to Wildfire (event flyer)
When: Monday, October 21, 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Where: Boulder County Regional Fire Training Center, Boulder Reservoir, 5565 N. 51st St., Boulder
(To reach the Fire Training Center, drive through the Boulder Reservoir’s Main Entrance, continue past the recreational facilities, and drive to the end of the road where the center is located.)

For more information, contact Jim Webster at 720-564-2641 or jbwebster@bouldercounty.org.


On September 6, 2011, the one-year anniversary of the Fourmile Canyon Fire, Boulder County declared October as Wildfire Awareness Month. The idea for the month-long awareness campaign came from citizens of Boulder County who understood the need for more education, stronger community involvement, and greater individual responsibility toward community wildfire protection. Clear Creek, Douglas, Jefferson, and Larimer counties have also declared October as Wildfire Awareness Month.

Activities during October teach residents about wildfire mitigation and encourage homeowners to take action to prepare for future fires. Trainings will be offered on properly insuring your home and creating effective mitigation on your land.

 Wildfire Mitigation Challenge

Due to the impacts of the catastrophic September 2013 flood, the Boulder County Wildfire Mitigation Challenge has been canceled for 2013.


Wildfire Mitigation Information


For the most up-to-date information about Wildfire Awareness Month events and activities, or for questions about the Wildfire Mitigation Challenge, contact Ryan Ludlow, Boulder County Forest Health Initiative, at 720-564-2641 or rludlow@bouldercounty.org.


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