Vail, CO Hires Fire Crew to Create Defensible Space to Protect Homes

Blog Post created by ryan.quinn Employee on Jun 1, 2011

I caught this article on vaildaily.com and was really happy to see our Firewise principles in action.  With the height of the CO wildfire season upon us, as homeowners, now’s the time to do what we can to protect our property and houses in the event a wildland fire spreads to our area, and creating defensible space Defensible Space around our home is one of the best things we can do.

According to the article, a four-person wildfire crew, hired by the town of Vail, “will be working in 16 project areas this season to help reduce Vail's wildfire danger. The defensible space work includes cutting, piling, chipping and burning of dead and diseased pine trees in the targeted areas as well as the cutting of affected aspen stands to accelerate new growth. In addition, crews will continue inspections of private properties to facilitate the removal of dead trees as required by the town.”

How great is that? If you live in Vail, I hope you take advantage of this service and their offer to provide Firewise property assessments. And let us know if you participate in the program. We’d love to hear about the results.

For more information and tips on creating defensible space around your home, check out our website at http://www.firewise.org/.