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Ken-Caryl Ranch Becomes a Firewise Community

Ken-Caryl Ranch is taking action to reduce our wildfire risk and improve safety. We are happy to announce that we’ve received recognition status as a Firewise Community. There are more than 1,200 recognized Firewise communities across the nation taking action and ownership in preparing and protecting their homes against the threat of wildfire.

Using a five-step process, communities develop an action plan that guides their residential risk reduction activities, while engaging and encouraging their neighbors to become active participants in building a safer place to live.

Ken-Caryl Ranch has adopted a Forest Stewardship Plan to manage the wildfire hazards and forest health needs of the open space areas. There is also a Community Wildfire Mitigation Plan that helps identify measures that recognize wildfire threats, enhance safety for residents and improve community awareness.

Attendees at the Ken-Caryl Ranch Spring Fling in May were able to interact with Ken-Caryl Ranch Open Space Rangers, West Metro Fire Rescue firefighters, and Colorado State Forest Service staff and ask questions specific to their homes and neighborhoods. Residents learned about wildfires in Colorado and around Ken-Caryl Ranch, and how to reduce this threat to their homes through vegetation and architectural management.

To reduce natural fuels, Ken-Caryl Ranch homeowners who border open space areas can mow up to four feet in width along their property lines. On Jan. 19, the Master Association Board will be discussing a recommendation to increase the mowing area to 10 feet. Contact the KCR Park Rangers for more information. These adjacent homeowners who want to determine what they can do to address wildfire hazards on their own properties can contact the Colorado State Forest Service for an assessment and report. The Colorado State Forest Service District Office in Golden can also provide additional free information concerning wildfire mitigation issues and actions. The office can be reached at 303-279-9757. If you have any other questions, you can contact the KCR Park Rangers at 303-979-1876, ext. 170.

This article appeared in the Jan. 13, 2016 issue of Life at Ken-Caryl.

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