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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)chip and haul (2) slash pile.

CHIP AND HAUL PROGRAM (See chart below for dates)
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 SLASH PILE (June 15 through September 30)
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 up to 12 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, pre-construction lot clearing trees, 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.

2015 DATES: Check dates often as they are subject to change.

Week 1 

June 29-July 3

Quandary to Tordal Estates

Week 2 

July 6-10

Town of Blue River

Week 3

July 13-17

Spruce Valley Road, Spruce Valley Ranch, Warrior's Mark

Week 4 

July 20-24

Boreas, Baldy, Moonstone, Western Sky Ranch, Weisshorn, Wellington, French Creek

Week 5 

July 27-31

Peak 7, Peak 8, Peak 9

Week 6 

August 3-7

Silver Shekel, Highlands, Summit Estates

Week 7

August 10-14

Highland Meadows, Tenmile Vista, Gold Hill, Farmer's Korner

Week 8

August 17-21

Quandary to Tordal Estates

Week 9

August 24-28

Town of Blue River

Week 10

August 31-September 4

Spruce Valley Road, Spruce Valley Ranch, Warrior's Mark

Week 11

September 7-11

Boreas, Baldy, Moonstone, Western Sky Ranch, Weisshorn, Wellington, French Creek

Week 12

September 14-18

Peak 7, Peak 8, Peak 9

Week 13

September 21-25

Silver Shekel, Highlands, Summit Estates

Week 14

September 28-October 2

Highland Meadows, Tenmile Vista, Gold Hill, Farmer's Korner

 For dates for the north side of the county, visit the county's website at  




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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: 7/8/2015 12:10:19 PM