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Wildifre Checklist - Are YOU Ready?

What do you need to do to prepare yourself and your home for wildfire? Read or PRINT our Wildfire Checklist Below:

  • We (my family and I) have completed a checklist of what to take in case of wildfire evacuation
  • We have an easily accessible list of emergency agency e-mails/phone numbers
  • We have copies of vital documents stored on the internet cloud or on a disk stored in a safe deposit box (not kept in a “fire-proof” box in our home)
  • Our evacuation vehicle is in good condition with sufficient fuel for any traffic jams
  • We are familiar with evacuation roads from our ranch or neighborhood
  • We have made provisions to take care of animals and pets
  • We have a prepared a sign to identify to emergency personnel the presence or absence of any animals on our property and their location
  • We have a place to stay in case of extended evacuation
  • We confirmed that there is adequate water to fight wildfires in our neighborhood or locale
  • We have created defensible space around our home/property to reduce wildfire hazard
  • We have removed ignition sources next to our home and other structures
  • We know our neighbors and can communicate with them in case of wildfire
  • We have been inspected by the local fire district to identify ignition sources, highly flammable materials, and fire hazard
  • We have replaced highly flammable features on and in our home and other structures
  • We have educated ourselves about wildfire behavior
  • We have educated family members, guests, and employees about wildfire behavior
  • We have determined that our ingress and egress is adequate to allow us to evacuate and for emergency personnel to access our property in case of wildfire
  • We have adequate insurance to replace our home, property, and other possessions in case of wildfire; and have confirmed our coverage with our agent
  • We have photographs of our valuables stored at a safe location away from our home
  • Our homebuilder or renovation contractor has incorporated all reasonable wildfire protection measures into their construction designs
  • We understand what services and assistance is available to us during and after a major wildfire event, and know how to access service agencies and non-profits
  • We are prepared to sacrifice everything else to save ourselves, our family, our neighbors, and our friends

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A new collaboration has Idaho ranchers and the BLM fighting fire together

A new collaboration has Idaho ranchers and the BLM fighting fire together (High Country News, April 29, 2013)

Mock emergency to test Summit County's wildfire preparedness

Mock emergency to test Summit County's wildfire preparedness (Summit Daily News, April 29, 2013)

Colorado's forgotten forest?

By Bob Berwyn

SUMMIT COUNTY — Recent research suggests that most beetle-hit lodgepole pine forests are recovering about as expected. But other Colorado forest types have also suffered the effects of drought and insect infestation — and the outlook for recovery is not as clear.

 

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Screaming Trees

A growing beetle infestation is killing the forests of western Colorado. To some, it's the unassailable evidence of the shifting climate. So why are there so few calls for action either there or in Washington?

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Residents urged to prepare for fire threat

Summit Daily News Coverage

National trends indicate that wildfires are burning hotter and longer, and that wildfire seasons are lasting longer. Local fire experts are warning Summit County residents not to assume their homes are protected from the devastating effects of a wildfire. Continue Reading

New forest service web tool helps evaluate risk of wildfire to homes

New forest service web tool helps evaluate risk of wildfire to homes (Summit Daily News, April 26, 2013)

Wildfire protection experts gather in Frisco

Wildfire protection experts gather in Frisco
(Summit Daily News, April 27, 2013)

Forest Health Task Force Talks Sustainability

November 21, 2012

Among climate change concerns and efficient forest health management, members of Forest Health Task Force focused the discussion of the Nov. 15 meeting around developing sustainable markets for beetle affected timber.

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Piehl & Hallman: Climate change, forest health & wildfires

October 10, 2012

It doesn't take a scientist to understand the connection between climate and forest fires. Last spring was hot and dry, which resulted in a dry forest that burned. This should not surprise us. What is surprising is the pace of climate change and the damage it has had on our forests and communities.  Read The full article here >