Wildfire Prevention in Summit County
Potential wildfire policies could increase the cost of home-ownership in Colorado!
We, at the Summit Association of REALTORS®, believe wildfire preparedness should be achieved through education, voluntary mitigation efforts and incentives, not by unreliable risk ratings and government mandates.
In 2013, after Colorado experienced some devastating wildfires, the Governor's Wildfire Task Force submitted policy recommendations for preparedness and mitigation, including those that could impact property rights, values and sales, and the availability and cost of insurance.
As a wildland-urban interface (WUI) - a place where human development is adjacent to or surrounded by wildlands - Summit County has more than 23,000 properties at risk for wildfire. This WUI designation means Summit County homeowners are at increased risk of the negative effects of proposed legislation.
Among the recommendations of concern include:
- A disclosure that a home is within the WUI and at a higher risk for wildfire.
- A website that would rate all WUI properties on a scale of 1-10 for wildfire risk.
- Higher property taxes for homes in the WUI.
- Costly and mandatory defensible space and wildfire mitigation.
The 2013 recommendations were not implemented, but unless homeowners are proactive with mitigation efforts, another bad wildfire season could motivate legislators to approve those detrimental mandates.
Mitigation can be costly - maybe more than you can afford - but don't let that stop you from protecting your home. For a second year, the Summit Association of REALTORS ®, Colorado Association of REALTORS® Project Wildfire, and Insurance Partner, American Family Insurance-Leslie Wiese Agency are offering a Defensible Space Grant for local homeowners who cannot afford the cost to create defensible space on their property. If you would like to be considered for a Defensible Space Grant, click HERE for the application.
From August 1st-3rd, our REALTORS® will help local homeowners clear slash from their properties. We will offer sweat equity to seniors and homeowners with physical disabilities to help clear slash from their properties. If you need assistance, please contact our office at 970-468-8700.
Work gloves and protective eyewear available at the Summit Association of REALTORS® while supplies last.
SAR is happy to present to you the
This was mailed to homeowners in Summit County this summer.
This document contains information regarding SAR's Defensible Space Grant and Mitigation efforts in the county.
In the State of Colorado, wildfires are on the increase, due to drought and extensive fuel created by the mountain pine beetle epidemic. The Summit Association of REALTORS® recognizes the need for local fire districts and homeowners alike to develop protections to aid against wildfire activity in Summit County, with a focus on proactive prevention. The Summit Association of REALTORS® is the ultimate home-ownership and property rights advocate for our County and is working to educate and inform homeowners and the public to encourage voluntary opportunities for mitigation and creation of defensible spaces in and around Summit County.
To read the SAR Property and Wildfire Mitigation policy in full, please click here.
If you are a home or landowner, SAR encourages you to consider creating defensible spaces on your property.
We have provided the resources below that can assist you in this process:
- University of Nevada Reno Extension program: http://www.livingwithfire.info/
- Colorado State Forest Service: http://csfs.colostate.edu/wildfire-mitigation/
- Fire Adapted Communities: http://www.fireadapted.org/
- Colorado State University: http://extension.colostate.edu/topic-areas/natural-resources/?target=publications#wildfire
- Ready, Set, Go! http://www.wildlandfirersg.org/About/Wildland-Urban-Interface
- Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety: http://disastersafety.org/wp-content/uploads/wildfire-checklist_IBHS.pdf