Our unusally dry summer has led to increased fire danger, as evidenced by the recent Fourmile Fire, among the most destructive fires in the state’s history. (See Governor Ritter’s disaster declaration here.) If you live in the mountains or foothills, there are many precautions you can take to help protect your home in case of a fire, i.e. making sure the trees are cleared near structures. Our library has many resources for forest-area homeowners, including:
- Wildfire Issues in Wild Land-Urban Interface Areas : Report to the Colorado General Assembly. A 2008 Legislative report.
- Firewise Plant Materials. A brochure from the Colorado State University Extension about what plants are best for fire-prone residential areas.
- Fire-Resistant Landscaping. Also from the CSU Extension.
- Forest Home Fire Safety. CSU Extension brochure.
- Creating Wildife-Defensible Zones. CSU Extension brochure.
- Wildfires and your Home: Are You Covered? A brochure from Colorado’s Division of Insurance about insuring your home against forest fires.
- Living with Fire. From the University of Colorado-Boulder.
- Colorado Wildfire Hazard Mitigation Plan. 2001 planning document from the Colorado State Forest Service.
We have much more on this topic as well, so be sure to search our web catalog for additional resources.