Wildfire Awareness Month Activities and Events
Wildfire Partners Tour of Homes Showcases Homeowner Wildfire Mitigation Work – Saturday, Sept. 30
Tour allows an opportunity for people to visit participating Wildfire Partners properties in their community and to check out practical wildfire mitigation measures firsthand. View locations and Google Map.
More than 1,400 Boulder County homeowners have been working hard to prepare for future wildfires and to create more resilient communities as part of Boulder County’s Wildfire Partners program. On Saturday, Sept. 30, several Wildfire Partners are inviting interested neighbors and community members to come see mitigation work in action as part of the 2017 Wildfire Partners Tour of Homes.
Visiting homes and talking to neighbors is an ideal way for residents to gain invaluable insights and be inspired to take action. Participating homes, with photos and directions, are listed at www.WildfirePartners.org.
Sixteen Wildfire Partners homeowners from the following communities are participating in the tour: Allenspark, Boulder Heights, Coal Creek Canyon, Fourmile Canyon, Nederland, Sugarloaf and Sunshine Canyon. These homeowners have participated in an on-site assessment with a Wildfire Mitigation Specialist and performed significant mitigation. Many have completed their customized Mitigation To-Do List, passed their follow-up inspection, and received their Wildfire Partners Certificates.
What: Wildfire Partners 2017 Tour of Homes
When: Saturday, Sept. 30. Stop by anytime from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Where: Boulder County foothills and mountains. View locations and Google Map.
Submit an action photo of your mitigation work, or before and after mitigation photos, and you can win prizes!
Send in an action photo of you, your family, or friends performing mitigation, and we will randomly draw 20 lucky winners who will receive a $100 gift card to either McGuckin Hardware or Indian Peaks Ace Hardware.
The second photo contest is to showcase before and after efforts. Send a before and after photo of your mitigation work to be entered to win one of 10 $250 gift cards to either McGuckin Hardware or Indian Peaks Ace Hardware.
Enter at www.WildfirePartners.org/photo-contest/.
Community Forestry Sort Yards: Meeker Park and Nederland
Last day of the season and Community Appreciation Day from 9 a.m. to noon, on October 7 (Meeker) and October 14 (Nederland). Come help celebrate the successful completion of the Nederland yard’s 10th season!
Keys to being a resilient mountain resident: Lessons learned from the recent fires and flood
When: Wednesday, Oct. 11, 6:30-8 p.m.
Where: Nederland Community Center
Hear from Garry Sanfacon, Boulder County Disaster Recovery Manger, on these topics and more:
- How to ensure you are properly insured
- Importance of neighbor connections
- Wildfire mitigation
Slash Piles at Hall Ranch
Help Boulder County Parks and Open Space organize slash from thinning projects into piles that can be easily and safely burned during the winter. Hall Ranch Open Space supports a mosaic of plant life including grassy meadows, dense shrubs, and ponderosa pine forests. Prior to settlement of the West, these forests were very open and maintained by frequent low intensity surface fires. With settlement came fire suppression, grazing and landscape fragmentation—all contributing factors in changing the structure and function of this ecosystem. In order to restore these ecosystems, Parks & Open Space implements thinning projects that emulate pre-settlement forest structure by creating a clumpy, uneven-aged forest structure interspersed with openings that more closely resembles conditions that existed prior to interruption of the historic fire regime. As the project gets underway there will be a large amount of slash (limbs from trees) generated from thinning operations. This buildup of material on the forest floor needs to be managed in such a way that we minimize the risk of fire potential. This is where we come in! Our job will be to organize slash into piles that can be easily and safely burned during the winter. This is a crucial piece in the restoration process and your help is greatly appreciated.
When: Saturday, Oct. 7, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Where: Hall Ranch
Register at: www.bouldercounty.org/volunteer/parks-and-open-space/
Forestry Work at Ingram Gulch
Help Boulder County Parks and Open remove caging and re-stake trees planted by volunteers following the Fourmile Canyon Fire. On September 6th, 2010, a human caused wildfire occurred in the Fourmile Canyon area of Boulder County which, over the course of a one-week period, burned 6,181 acres of forest land and destroyed 169 residences. Since that time, significant efforts have been made by private and public landowners to both mitigate post fire impacts and speed up recovery of burned areas. In 2013 volunteers planted 1750 ponderosa pine seedlings at the top of a severely burned drainage in order to augment and enhance tree recovery. This year we will be removing plastic caging from trees, re-staking trees, and removing planting materials from the worksite. Volunteers will meet at a central location in Boulder and be shuttled to the worksite approximately 7 miles up Sunshine Canyon.
When: Saturday, Oct. 21, 9 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Where: Ingrahm Gulch
Register at: www.bouldercounty.org/volunteer/parks-and-open-space/
Volunteer with Saws and Slaws, neD-SPACE and SAWS
Three separate wildfire mitigation groups offer volunteer opportunities throughout the year: Saws and Slaws (Coal Creek Canyon at sawsandslaws.org), neD-SPACE (in Nederland at www.nederlandco.org/participate) and SAWS (Sugarloafers Against Wildfires at www.sugarloafersagainstwildfires.org.
Community Chipping Events
Magnolia Road Curbside Chipping Event – September 25-28
Only open to Magnolia Road residents.
Coal Creek Canyon: Crescent Park HOA and Spruce Canyon Community Saws and Slaws – Saturday, October 14
Visit www.sawsandslaws.org for more information.
Sugarloaf Fire Protection District Curbside Chipping Event – Sunday, October 15
Only open to Sugarloaf Fire Protection District residents.
Sunshine Fire Protection District Free Curbside Chipping – October 23 – 27
Only open to residents of Sunshine Fire District Residents.
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. Previous guest speakers at Wildfire Awareness Month events include Dr. Jack Cohen, research scientist with the U.S. Forest Service, Dr. Stephen Quarles of the Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety, and Deputy Fire Marshal Kris Cooper of the Colorado Springs Fire Department.
Wildfire Mitigation Information
- Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP)
- Forest Management
- Boulder County Wildfires
- Forest Health Outreach Schedule of Events
- Mountain Addressing System
- Wildfire Mitigation Forms and Publications
- Wildfire Mitigation Partners
For the most up-to-date information about Wildfire Awareness Month events and activities, contact Jim Webster at 720-564-2641 or firstname.lastname@example.org.