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Wildfire Mitigation

WildfireThe Town is working to promote increased fire mitigation and defensible space. The town has a number of initiatives in place to help combat the risk of wildfire. Learn more about these programs here.

Fire is unpredictable. It can find the weak link in your home’s fire protection scheme and gain the upper hand because of a small, overlooked or seemingly inconsequential factor. There are no guarantees against wildfire. However, you can take steps to mitigate the possibility of fire destroying your home and potentially your neighborhood.

What gives a home the best chance to survive a wildfire are its construction materials (fire hardening) and the quality of defensible space surrounding it. Defensible space is the space between a structure and the wildland area that, under normal conditions, creates a sufficient buffer to slow or halt the spread of a wildfire to the structure. It protects the home from igniting from direct flame, radiant heat and embers. Defensible space is essential for structure survivability during wildfires. Fire hardening is the steps you can take to reduce the chance of ignition from direct flame, firebrand showers and radiant heat coming from outside of the defensible zone.

The town is offering two programs this summer to encourage property owners to increase wildfire mitigation - (1)incentive and (2) chip and haul.

Property owners can be reimbursed for $10/tree to a maximum of $200 per property in costs incurred to create defensible space. In order to be eligible for reimbursement, property owners will be required to participate in two property inspections. The first inspection is a defensible space assessment which will provide recommendations in order to create defensible space. Once the recommendations have been completed, a final inspection will determine if effective defensible space has been created and that street rights of way are clean and free of debris. Please contact one of the following for the initial inspection:

Red, White, and Blue Fire Department 970-453-2474
Town Planning 970-547-3188
Breckenridge Police 970-453-2941

NOTE: Participation in the initial inspection is free and no obligation. Property owners do not need to participate in the incentive program in order to create defensible space. However, removing live trees without an inspection requires a permit. 

CHIP AND HAUL PROGRAM (You cut and stack. We'll chip and haul):
A chipper will be going throughout the Town and County at no cost to homeowners in order to remove cut trees.

What's Acceptable:
• Trees and branches up to 9” diameter. (See Town Slash Pile below for trees larger than 9").  Good Slash Pile
• Must be clear of nails or wire. Piles only; no bags
• No construction or building materials
• No treated lumber, fence posts, or signs
• No shrubs, root wads, stumps, dirt or rocks
• No grass clippings, trash, weeds, or bags of leaves

Pile Guidelines:
• Piles must be stacked by Bad Slash Pile8:00AM Monday morning during your designated chipping week. See below for dates.
Piles must be stacked neatly with ends facing the road.
• Piles must be within 5’ of the roadway but can NOT be touching the roadway or in a ditch (drainage).
• Please limit pile size to 5’x5’x5’. No limit as to the number of piles along the curb.
• Slash mulch will be hauled away for recycling or left onsite for mulch when requested. To keep chips for mulch or other purposes, participating residents may tie a red ribbon or flagging in a prominent spot on the pile.
• Please do not combine piles with neighbors or haul in from other neighborhoods. 
• After removal, the property owner must remove any remaining debris from the right of way including branches or pine needles.

Town residents may also drop clean woody materials and slash for free at the north end of the Satellite Lot (Skier Parking) on Airport Road – including trees larger than 9 inches in diameter. No limbing or cutting on site. The same restrictions for the Summit County Chipping Program apply to this location. (No construction materials, treated lumber, fence posts, shrubs, root wads, stumps, weeds, bagged materials, grass clippings or trash will be accepted). Chips may be removed from the pile. The drop location is open from 7am to 7pm. Please keep piles organized.

2014 DATES: Check dates often as they are subject to change.

Week 1 

June 30-July 4

Quandary / Tordal Estates 

Week 2 

July 7-11

Town of Blue River, Spruce Valley, Warrior's Mark, Bekkedal

Week 3

July 14-18

Peak 7, 8, and 9, Weisshorn, Baldy / Moonstone, Western Sky Ranch

Week 4 

July 21-25

Silver Shekel, Summit Estates, Highlands, Highland Meadows, Gold Hill / Farmer's Corner

Week 5 

July 28-August 1

Town of Frisco, Copper Mountain

Week 6 

August 4-8

Keystone / Summit Cove / Summerwood

Week 7

August 11-15

Dillon / Wildernest / Mesa Cortina / Ptarmigan / Silverthorne / Hamilton Creek / Three Peaks / Eagle's Nest / Ruby Ranch

Week 8

August 18-22

Pebble Creek, Sierra Bosque

Week 9

August 25-29

Quandary / Tordal Estates

Week 10

September 1-5

Town of Blue River, Spruce Valley, Warrior's Mark, Bekkedal

Week 11

September 8-12

Peak 7, 8, and 9, Weisshorn, Baldy / Moonstone, Western Sky Ranch

Week 12

September 15-19

Silver Shekel, Summit Estates, Highlands, Highland Meadows, Gold Hill / Farmer's Corner

Week 13

September 22-26

Town of Frisco, Copper Mountain

Week 14

September 29-October 3

Keystone / Summit Cove / Summerwood

Week 15

October 6-10

Dillon / Wildernest / Mesa Cortina / Ptarmigan / Silverthorne / Hamilton Creek / Three Peaks / Eagle's Nest / Ruby Ranch

Week 16

October 13-17

Pebble Creek, Sierra Bosque




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VIDEO: Denver Post documentary, "The Fire Line: Wildfire in Colorado." This documentary describes how wildfires are changing in Colorado and the American West.

VIDEO: Wildfire: Preventing Home Ignition This video discusses how the combustion process effects forest fires, what you can do to create defensible space, why some homes are destroyed while others survive, how to identify your home's Ignition Zone -- the area that includes the home and its immediate surroundings, which, if properly conditioned, can save the home during a wildfire.

Last updated: 7/1/2014 8:07:51 AM