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Montezuma FireWise meeting
February 13, 5:30pm – 7:00pm
Mancos Public Library
211 E 1st St, Mancos 
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State Farm/NFPA Grant 
March 2, deadline to apply 
for a $500 award for Wildfire
Community Preparedness Day
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Working Better Together
Coordinated Wildfire Campaign

February 20, 1:30pm – 4:30pm
Durango Public Lands Center 
15 Burnett Ct., Durango (Sonoran rooms)


Dolores Watershed and
Resilient Forest (DWRF)
Collaborative meeting

March 7, 1:30pm – 3:30pm
Dolores Water Conservancy District
60 Cactus St, Cortez

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

Take Action!

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.

Colorado State Forest Service Forestry and Mitigation Contractor List 


    Slash Removal Programs:

    Planning Efforts:

    Hazardous Fuels Reduction (Mitigation)


    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, 2017 – Oct. 31, 2017.

    Who’s Eligible: All residents
    What’s Needed: 2018 Chipper Rebate
    Contact: Charlene Swansen at 970-560-0222  for more details.
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    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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    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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    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: FireWise at 970-385-8909 or your County Coordinator for more details.
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    A FireWise home ignition specialist is available to visit your home or property and identify steps to help you be more prepared for a wildfire. 

    Who’s Eligible: All residents
    FREE Site Visit! 


    This program is closed for the 2017 season. Please check back April 1, 2018! 

    If you live anywhere in southwest Colorado with a FireWise Neighborhood Ambassador, you are eligible for cost-share assistance to reduce vegetation that makes your home vulnerable to wildfires. To find out how to make your home more fire safe and what resources are available to support forest thinning work on your property, contact your FireWise County Coordinator.  A FireWise Home Ignition Zone specialist will provide a free home wildfire risk assessment and will mark trees for removal if you choose to pursue the defensible space cost-share program at that time.

    Our defensible space cost-share is designed to reimburse a homeowner up to 50% of the cost of developing defensible space to increase your home’s chance of survival and increase firefighter safety when wildfires occur. Available funding varies per project based on your home site size, vegetation, and terrain. Funded projects will receive an award letter detailing the award amount, which the applicant must sign and return acknowledging the award agreement prior to work beginning with the selected contractor.  A grant administration fee will be deducted from the award amount at a rate of 10% of the total project expense.  

    Who’s Eligible: Residents who own a home in a community with a FireWise Neighborhood Ambassador.
    Get Started With a FREE Site Visit!    
    Defensible Space Cost-Share Application 

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    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: FireWise at 970-385-8909 for more details.
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