The Preserve at Pine Meadows, a Firewise Communities/USA recognized community in Pine, CO recently worked with the CO State Forest Service to produce a video that chronicles their journey after the Hi Meadow Fire in 2000; a catastrophic high intensity canopy fire that burned close to 11,000 acres and destroyed 51 homes, to a community that's actively working to make their properties safer and more fire resilient.
For today, I’m going to take on the persona of a fictional movie reviewer and tell you this is a must see video that will encourage and empower wildland/urban interface residents to get involved and work collaboratively with stakeholders to mitigate their wildfire risk. But heed this warning: Watching this video will cause a contagious fever that will not go away until you and your neighbors get involved with your local/state forestry agency or fire department, and that fever morphs into a power that transforms properties and the surrounding landscape.
One of the video’s highlights is Randy Clapp, the President of the Preserve at Pine Meadows HOA, he instantly draws you in as he traverses thru his community’s story following the fire. His delivery is that of a neighbor who instantly became a life-long friend, as he shares quotable quotes throughout the almost seven minutes of motivational conversation with Carli Morgan, a forester with the CO State Forest Service. Together, they take you through the projects that have evolved over the past fifteen years since the fire.
Clapp eloquently tells others to, “Get educated on the subject (of wildfire), take the initiative, plan your work, and work your plan!” He also describes how, “Once people see the end product (of mitigation), they want it done to their property, it really looks beautiful.”
Take seven minutes out of your day and give this video your attention, or even better share it on your community’s web page or at your next homeowners meeting, then send Randy and Carli a thank you card for their gentle mentoring that got you moving down a similar path!