Where do you start with wildfire mitigation?

Where to start with wildfire mitigation?

1. Assessment

Have your home assessed to determine what dangers exist that make it susceptible to being lost during a wildfire. Call you local fire district to schedule a wildfire mitigation assessment. Have your home assessed to determine what dangers exist that make it susceptible to being lost during a wildfire. Call you local fire district to schedule a wildfire mitigation assessment.

2. Mitigation

Make immediate changes identified during your home assessment to create a defensible space around your home. Hire one of the companies listed below to clear hazardous vegetation and/or trees from your property. You may also wish to clear vegetation on your own and hire a company to chip debris or take it to the Pitkin County Landfill and dispose of for $15/cubic yard. Make immediate changes identified during your home assessment to create a defensible space around your home. Hire one of the companies listed below to clear hazardous vegetation and/or trees from your property. You may also wish to clear vegetation on your own and hire a company to chip debris or take it to the Pitkin County Landfill and dispose of for $15/cubic yard.

Take it one step further and create a home improvement plan that incorporates firewise landscaping and building materials. Take it one step further and create a home improvement plan that incorporates firewise landscaping and building materials.

    • Aspen Tree Service | 963-3070
    • Aspen Tree Service | 963-3070
    • Earth Wise | 928-8480
    • Earth Wise | 928-8480
    • Aspen Arbor Care | 379-7730
    • Aspen Arbor Care | 379-7730
    • A Cut Above | 453-9154
    • A Cut Above | 453-9154
    • Brush Creek Landscaping | 446-7149
    • Brush Creek Landscaping | 446-7149
    • High Rise Tree Care | 984-0202
    • High Rise Tree Care | 984-0202
    • Ken Tacker | 309-3972
    • Ken Tacker | 309-3972
    • ABC Tree Care | 625-3012
    • ABC Tree Care | 625-3012
    • James Jackson | 379-0200
    • James Jackson | 379-0200
    • Additional companies can be found in your local yellow pages.
    • Additional companies can be found in your local yellow pages.

3. Maintenance

Maintaining your newly created defensible space from year to year is crucial to protecting your home against the threat of wildfire. Learn everything you need to know about maintaining a firewise home with the following resources. Maintaining your newly created defensible space from year to year is crucial to protecting your home against the threat of wildfire. Learn everything you need to know about maintaining a firewise home with the following resources.

Wildfire Mitigation Overview



Power Outage Update: 7:30pm

Update – As of 7:30pm on August 4, 2014 that Aspen Police Department is working to get temporary lighting, generators and stop signs at the intersections of Main Street and Garmisch, Aspen, Monarch and Mill Streets. Traffic lights in these areas have been functioning intermittently on backup battery power since the time of the initial […]

Power Outage in Downtown Aspen

ASPEN, CO – 8/4//14 – At approximately 11:30 a.m. a main electric feeder line in Aspen was severed due to private excavation work on E. Hallam Street.  A significant portion of downtown Aspen lost power at that time.  Approximately two and a half hours later power was restored to sections of Aspen;  however, portions of […]

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Wildfire: are you ready?

Community Wildfire Preparedness Meeting: Ready, Set, Go!

Wednesday, June 11
5:30pm @ the Aspen Fire Department
420 E. Hopkins Ave

The Ready, Set, Go! (RSG) Program, managed by the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC), seeks to develop and improve the dialogue between fire departments and the residents they serve. Launched nationally in March 2011 at the Wildland-Urban Interface (WUI 2011) Conference, the program helps fire departments to teach individuals who live in high risk wildfire areas – and the wildland-urban interface – how to best prepare themselves and their properties against fire threats. The RSG! Program tenets help residents be Ready with preparedness understanding, be Set with situational awareness when fire threatens, and to Go, acting early when a fire starts.

  • Ready – Be ready, be Firewise.  Take personal responsibility and prepare long before the threat of a wildland fire so your home is ready in case of a fire. Create defensible space by clearing brush away from your home. Use fire-resistant landscaping and harden your home with fire-safe construction measures. Assemble emergency supplies and belongings in a safe place. Plan escape routes and make sure all those residing within the home know the plan of action.
  • Set – Situational awareness.  Pack your emergency items. Stay aware of the latest news and information on the fire from local media, your local fire department and public safety.
  • Go – Act early!  Follow your personal wildland fire action plan. Doing so will not only support your safety, but will allow firefighters to best maneuver resources to combat the fire.

More info: http://www.wildlandfirersg.org/

Brought to you by the Pitkin County Type IV Incident Management Team