Firewise Staff Visits Colorado’s Windcliff Subdivision

Blog Post created by mikehazell Employee on Jun 24, 2011

This week, Michele and I are happy to be here in Colorado visiting Windcliff, one of our great Firewise recognized communities.  Windcliff is a private, mountainside residential community that runs along the sunny side of Rams Horn Mountain, on the boundary of Rocky Mountain National Park.  

On this particular clear, sunny day, Windcliff’s Firewise representative, Bud Duryea and the subdivision’s HOA president, Joe Walsh, share with us their success in implementing many of our Firewise principles.  Bud also mentioned that in addition to utilizing Firewise measures, the community has been actively involved in forest restoration, an important component, he says, of their overall approach to mitigation.  State Forester, Jeff Jahnke, joined our group to see firsthand how, through their dedication and collaborative efforts, Bud, Joe, contractor Tony Mann from Summit Forestry, and their neighbors, keep their community safe from a possible wildland fire approaching the area. Visiting people and actually seeing up close our Firewise program in action is one of the most satisfying parts of our job!

Take a look at some of the photos we’ve taken along the way, courtesy of Lisa Mason of the Colorado State Forest Service.  We applaud Windcliff for their continued wildfire safety efforts and unwavering support of Firewise.

Bud is showing the group some of the mitigation work that’s been done around the subdivision.

Michele and I, along with members of the Colorado State Forest Service, listen to Bud Duryea of Windcliff share stories of their success with the Firewise program.

Windcliff has been a recognized Firewise community since 2004!

Do you have photos of your community’s Firewise program in action? Please share them with us - you can upload them right to our Facebook page.  We’d love to hear from you!  And stay tuned for more updates from our visit in Colorado.


Photos:  Courtesy of Lisa Mason, Colorado State Forest Service