It’s that time of year again. We have been fortunate with the amount of snow/rain received this season with more precipitation forecasted for next week. Wolf Creek has received 382″ YTD and will likely eclipse 400″.
That being the case, we still need to prepare our property and homes for this summer. Archuleta county remains in moderate drought conditions. https://www.drought.gov/states/colorado/county/Archuleta
What are the primary threats to homes during a wildfire?
Research around home destruction vs. home survival in wildfires point to embers and small flames as the main way that the majority of homes ignite in wildfires. Embers are burning pieces of airborne wood and/or vegetation that can be carried more than a mile through the wind can cause spot fires and ignite homes, debris and other objects.
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.
As a reminder, if tree removal is required you must submit a Property Improvement Application via the neighborhood website to the IRC. https://ctrmd.org/building-in-timber-ridge/
With your assistance, we continue to be a certified Firewise USA® neighborhood.
Timber Ridge Board