Upcoming Events                                 

March 28, 4:30-7:00 PM
Fire Council Meeting
San Juan Public Lands Office
15 Burnett Court
Durango, CO 

 

April 13, 1:30-3:30 PM
DWaRF Collaborative Stakeholder meeting
Dolores Water Conservancy District
60 S. Cactus St.
Cortez, CO 81321                     RSVP or get more info at dwarfcollaborative@gmail.com

                                                                             

May 6
National Community Wildfire Preparedness Day! 

 

 

Missionary Ridge Fire 2002Fire Mtigation work
Firewise Southwest Colorado at the Durango Farmer's Market

FireWise Incentive Programs

FireWise of Southwest Colorado offers a variety of incentive programs to support residents with slash removal and their planning and mitigation efforts. Some programs are open to all residents in the five-county area of southwest Colorado and others are only for our Neighborhood Ambassadors and their communities.

These are our known programs for 2016, but be sure to check back periodically for additions as we are continually seeking funding to expand our programs.

Slash Removal Programs:

Planning Efforts:

Hazardous Fuels Reduction (Mitigation)

Miscellaneous


Chipper Rental Rebate Program:
This program offers residents a small rebate when they rent a chipper or hire a contractor to do the chipping for them (does not cover the cost of mitigation work). The program is also open to HOAs/POAs/Metro Districts/Road Districts and other formal governance structures, which can receive up to $1500 for community chipping efforts. The program runs from Apr. 1, 2016 – Oct. 31, 2016.

Who’s Eligible: All residents
What’s Needed: 2016 Rebate Form
Contact: Bill Trimarco at 970-264-0430 for more details.
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AIR CURTAIN BURNER RENTAL:
For communities that wish to completely dispose of their slash, have beetle-infested trees to dispose of, or slash piles too large to burn, FireWise offers funding for rental of an air curtain burner (or hiring of a contractor). 25% cash match required if your community does not have a Neighborhood Ambassador.

Who’s Eligible: All residents
Contact: Pam Wilson at 970-385-8909 for more details.
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PROPERTY ASSESSMENTS:
Each County FireWise Coordinator is available to conduct individual property assessments for homeowners. The assessment will include actions the homeowner can take to help keep their home insured.

Who’s Eligible: All residents
Contact: Your County Coordinator (listed on the Contact Us page).
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COMMUNITY ASSESSMENTS:
For communities that are new to FireWise, FireWise and 1-2 of our partners (BLM, CSFS, or local fire department) do either a drive through or walk through of the neighborhood with the FireWise Ambassador and one or more residents. The community will receive a written report, complete with pictures, and 4-6 recommendations to get the community started on their wildfire preparedness efforts. No cost to homeowner other than coordinating with HOA and neighbors.

Who’s Eligible: Communities with Neighborhood Ambassadors
Contact: Your County Coordinator to arrange for a Community Assessment.
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KICKSTART PROGRAM:
This program offers neighborhoods that are new to our FireWise program to receive up to $7500 for a community project which partners are available to help plan if requested; however, the Neighborhood Ambassador is responsible for writing the scope of work and getting contractor bids. Most neighborhoods use the funding to mitigate common space or create shaded fuel breaks along their road rights-of-way. All projects will be inspected by FireWise and CSFS upon completion. Residents must provide at least a 25% cash match.

Upon completion of the project, the FireWise Ambassador is required to make a short presentation at a Fire Council meeting to discuss their project and lessons learned and provide before and after pictures.

Who’s Eligible: Communities with Neighborhood Ambassadors
What’s Needed: Application required.
Contact: Pam Wilson at 970-385-8909 or your County Coordinator for more details.
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Vallecito Mitigation:
This grant is intended primarily for fuels reduction work in Zones and 1 and 2 to help protect the home in the event of a wildfire. It will reimburse up to 50% of the cost of having mitigation work done on your property. The grant can only be used to reduce hazardous fuels, which may involve hand thinning (chainsaws, etc.) or mastication (using a brush hog or similar apparatus) as well as chipping or burning of slash. Maximum reimbursement is $7500.

Who is Eligible: Anyone who owns or lives on private land within the Vallecito wildland-urban interface (WUI) boundary as shown on page 8 of the Vallecito Community Wildfire Protection Plan.
What’s Needed: A property assessment by a FireWise Coordinator and a completed application located here: http://www.southwestcoloradofires.org/homeowners/2016-vallecito-mitigation-program-application/.
Work cannot start until you receive an award letter.
Contact: Charlie Landman at 206-697-2613.
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Archuleta Mitigation:
This grant is intended primarily for fuels reduction work in Zones and 1 and 2 to help protect the home in the event of a wildfire. It will reimburse up to 50% of the cost of having mitigation work done on your property. The grant can only be used to reduce hazardous fuels, which may involve hand thinning (chainsaws, etc.) or mastication (using a brush hog or similar apparatus) as well as chipping or burning of slash. Maximum reimbursement is $7500.

Who is Eligible: Anyone who owns or lives on private land within Archuleta County
What’s Needed: A property assessment by a FireWise Coordinator and a completed application located here: http://www.southwestcoloradofires.org/homeowners/2016-archuleta-county-mitigation-program-application/
Work cannot start until you receive an award letter.
Contact: Bill Trimarco at 970-264-0430.
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MINI GRANT FUND:
This fund differs from the Kickstart Program in that communities involved in FireWise can receive up to $500 funding for a community BBQ (to kick off their CWPP efforts or mitigation project), a bulletin board or reflective address signing. 10% match required.

Who’s Eligible: Communities with a Neighborhood Ambassador and no formal governance structure like an HOA or POA or Metro District
Contact: Pam Wilson at 970-385-8909 for more details.
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La Plata and Montezume 2016 Defensible Space Cost Share:
FireWise of Southwest Colorado is offering communities with a Neighborhood Ambassador in La Plata (outside of Vallecito), Montezuma, and Dolores Counties the opportunity to apply for cost-share funding to assist homeowners with completing defensible space around homes and driveways to
Colorado State Forest Service Zone 1 & 2 defensible space standards, generally extending 100 feet from the home and outbuildings. This opportunity is not for maintenance of previously treated areas or neighborhood projects. (Other landowner cost-share programs are available in Archuleta County and Vallecito.)

Applications will be accepted from Aug. 15 - Oct. 1, 2016 and again next spring. All work must be completed within 90 days of award.

Who's Eligible: Communities with a Neighborhood Ambassador in La Plata (outside of Vallecito), Montezuma, and Dolores Counties.
La Plata County Contact: Charlie Landman at 206-697-2613.
Montezuma County Contact: Amanda Brenner at 970-364-3473.

Application can be found here: /firessw/assets/File/2016D-SpaceCost-Share.docx