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. Getting down to brass tacks, through this program we will reimburse you 50 percent of the total defensible space project cost up to $5,000 per property.

Home Site Visit

Throughout the summer months, 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) 239-4061 or to request a site visit, please complete the following WRWC Site Visit Appointment Request form.

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

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.

Incentive Program Steps

Learn about your property’s wildfire risk rating by visiting your custom website. For additional information, please email the West Region Wildfire Council or call (970) 615-7300 to receive your unique URL.

Schedule a home site visit. During the site visit a wildfire mitigation specialist with the West Region Wildfire Council will tour your property and provide specific recommendations for how you can reduce your risk, including ways to create defensible space. Moreover, staff will mark trees, develop a map with treatment acreage, and prepare a Defensible Space Scope of Work Report. It’s important to note that you must have a home site visit if want to participate in this incentive program.

Hire a contractor (view list of contractors) who will create your defensible space. We recommend that you receive at least three bids. The contractor will use the scope of work prepared by our town forester as their guide to develop a bid. We will provide you with a pre-qualified list of contractors to chose from.

Once you have chosen a contractor, you or your contractor must apply for and procure a free town permit before commencing work. Our town forester will oversee the project and sign off on it once it is complete. Finally, after the project is approved you will need to pay the contractor and submit to us a rebate application and any required documentation.

We will reimburse you 50 percent of the total defensible space project cost up to $5,000 per property.

Ready to schedule a site visit?

Please contact the West Region Wildfire Council at (970) 615-7300 or please fill out their form below to schedule a sit visit.

You Asked

This incentive program is for Mountain Village residents and property owners only. If you live outside of Mountain Village, you may be eligible for mitigation cost-share programs through the West Region Wildfire Council.

Yes! Just schedule a free site visit with West Region Wildfire Council.

No, sorry. This is an incentive program funded through 2017. It is always possible that Town Council could continue to fund this program in 2018, but we can’t say for sure until the 2018 budget is formally adopted.

We and TMVOA have funded this program for a total of $80,000. When funds are exhausted, this program will end. In other words, first-come, first-served.

Thank you for taking the initiative and creating defensible space! Unfortunately, this program is not retroactive. With that being said, please contact us so we may better understand your request for reimbursement.

After implementing a defensible space plan, your property may look different, but not ugly. Since sunshine will reach the forest floor as a result of tree thinning, fresh new plants will start to grow and the forest will become healthier.

This program is for existing Mountain Village homes, not new construction.

We do, and it depends on the threat level. Learn more about threat levels and evacuation destinations by visiting our wildland fire plan webpage.

We can’t recommend a particular company, but here is a list of businesses who are licensed to perform this type of work in Mountain Village. Just click or tap on the business name to learn more about each company and the best way to contact them. Each business owner prepared their own one-sheet, which has not been verified by us.

Allen’s Snow Removal and Forestry Services Alpine Arborist Arborist Services Dillsworth Technical Tree Service Landscapes by Lance


Telluride Forestry Solutions Telluride Land Works

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