Fire Mitigation and Forest Health Committee
Thomas Jones, Chairman
Colorado’s Timber Ridge is located in a wildland/urban interface area or “WUI”. Because of this, properties in Colorado’s Timber Ridge community are at high risk of wildfire damage.
There are methods for homeowners to prepare their homes to withstand ember attacks and minimize the likelihood of flames or surface fire touching the home or any attachments. Experiments, models and post-fire studies have shown homes ignite due to the condition of the home and everything around it, up to 200’ from the foundation. This is called the Home Ignition Zone (HIZ).
Use this link to learn more about how to protect your home from wildfires – https://www.nfpa.org//-/media/Files/Firewise/Fact-sheets/FirewiseHowToPrepareYourHomeForWildfires.pdf
Timber Ridge has partnered with Put Hill Customs to provide fire mitigation and reclamation assistance. They will come to your home for a complimentary assessment and quote. They have agreed to provide Timber Ridge property owners a 10% discount off of their services. You can reach them via their website or by calling 970.946.8885. https://www.puthillcustoms.com/
If you haven’t already, we also recommend having your property assessed by a member of the Wildfire Adapted Partnership. This is a free service that will restart mid-April.
The National Fire Protection Association acknowledges that Colorado’s Timber Ridge has successfully completed the Firewise USA® programs annual requirements for 2020 and is a participating site in good standing throughout the 2021 calendar year. View certificate
Fire Adapted Communities is a collaborative approach to reducing wildfire risks throughout an entire community and helps connect all those who play a role in wildfire preparedness like community officials, planners or developers, residents and business owners, emergency responders, insurance representatives and land managers and public utilities, with the organizations and programs that provide resources for their (these) specific wildfire preparedness needs. NFPA’s Firewise USA® Program is a key component of the fire adapted approach and provides the framework to help residents reduce the risk of losing their homes and property to wildfire.
When adequately prepared, a house can withstand a wildland fire without the intervention of the fire service. In fact, a house and its surrounding community can be both Firewise and compatible with the area’s ecosystem. The Firewise Communities/USA program enables communities in all parts of the United States to achieve a high level of protection against WUI fire as well as sustainable ecosystem balance. Firewise Communities/USA program provides residents of the WUI with the knowledge and skill necessary to make it happen.
Colorado Timber Ridge HOA has developed a wildfire mitigation plan to help homeowners protect their property:
- View the Wildfire Defensible Space Plan Policy (effective January, 2014)
There are other helpful documents below: