I just read a great article online at the Durango Herald that beautifully illustrates the concept of creating defensible space around your home, and emphasizes the sobering reality of the dangers of flying embers. The piece really captures the important role homeowners can play in being proactive when it comes to safeguarding their house and property against a wildland fire, and reminds us that firefighters alone can’t always save a house.
In the article, Pam Wilson, who coordinates the Firewise of Southwest Colorado fire-safety projects, also gave a shout out to a number of recognized Firewise communities and provided examples of what they’ve done to stay safe. For anyone interested in CWPP’s (Community Wildfire Protection Plan), Ms. Wilson gives a little background on what these plans are and how neighborhoods have used them.
This article is definitely worth the read. Lots of great information and plenty of solid examples that explore what community members can do together now to be ready for any wildfire threat.