Wildfire Mitigation

Wildfire Mitigation

Protect Your Home, Create Defensible Space

We want to help you create defensible space on your property in order to lower your property’s wildfire risk. So we’ve created a Wildfire Mitigation Incentive Program with TMVOA and the West Region Wildfire Council (WRWC) as funding partners. Through this program we will reimburse you 50 percent of the total defensible space project cost up to $5,000 per property.

This incentive program is open until funds are exhausted, and is for existing Mountain Village homes, not new home construction.

Home Site Visit

Throughout the summer, we and our partner, West Region Wildfire Council, will conduct home site visits in order to provide you with a Defensible Space Scope of Work Report. For general information, please contact our Planning Department by email or (970) 369-8203 or to request a site visit, please complete the following WRWC Site Visit Appointment Request form.

What Is Defensible Space Anyway?

Defensible space, in simple terms and according to the Colorado State Forest Service, is the natural and landscaped area around a home or other structure that has been modified to reduce fire hazard. Defensible space gives your home a fighting chance against an approaching wildfire. We have also dedicated a section of our Community Development Code to fire mitigation and have adopted the Mountain Village Forest Management Plan. You may also review the 2017 report on the health of Colorado’s forests by the Colorado State Forest Service.

Our Community Assessment:

In 2014, the West Region Wildfire Council and the Telluride Fire Protection District conducted a big-picture analysis – a Rapid Wildfire Risk Assessment – of every wildland urban Interface home within the fire district’s boundaries. Over 1,900 homes and properties were assessed for wildfire risk using an 11-element assessment system. In addition, the West Region Wildfire Council conducted a residential wildfire survey designed to collect a variety of social information. A report of the survey results, specific to upper and lower Mountain Village (two areas identified in the 2009 San Miguel Community Wildfire Protection Plan) was produced and is available for download.

Ready to schedule a site visit?

Please fill out the West Region Wildfire Council form to schedule a site visit. You should receive a response from WRWC within a few business days. If you have further questions, please email us or call John Miller.

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