Is Your Home Safe from Wildfire?
Residents of Ken-Caryl Ranch often wonder how they can best prepare their home in case of a wildfire. Most dangers in a wildfire are in close proximity to a home and are not necessarily in the surrounding open space and forests. Recent large fires along the Front Range have shown when ignition sources and other hazardous fuels have been mitigated on properties there is a better chance of surviving a wildfire.
So what are the risks to your home? The best way to determine these risks is to have a fire assessment done on your home. The Master Association provides fire assessments to Ken-Caryl Ranch residents free of charge through the Colorado State Forest Service (CSFS).
The CSFS will help landowners design defensible space that meets CSFS current guidelines. The assessment will include an analysis of building materials, landscaping and other features that can pose a risk to the home. A detailed report will outline what the homeowner can do to mitigate these hazards.
To schedule a fire assessment for your home, contact the Park Rangers at 303-979-1876, ext. 170.
This article appeared in the July 27, 2016 issue of Life at Ken-Caryl.