I recently spoke to Fran Santagata about some of the success stories her community of Roxborough Park has been working on. Roxborough Park has been a recognized Firewise Communities/USA® site since 2007. More than 200 thousand dollars have been invested in wildland fire mitigation activities over this period in this community. This includes grants, in-kind volunteer hours and other funding sources. The community is home to 3,000 residents and located in Douglas County Colorado.
Fran as a member of the Roxborough Fire Mitigation Committee pointed me to this wonderful YouTube™ clip that their committee published last year. The mini-documentary is about their Firewise Evacuation Exercise. All the components of this documentary speak to the idea of a Fire Adapted Community where a Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP); Evacuation planning (Ready-Set-Go!); fuel reduction treatments; cooperative fire agreements; local capacity and the Firewise Communites/USA® regognition program is discussed. Enjoy!