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 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 more information, please contact Senior Planner and Town Forester Dave Bangert by email or (970) 369-8203 or complete the following form to schedule a site visit.
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 2016 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.