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Ken-Caryl Ranch is Getting Firewise!

Ken-Caryl Ranch residents are starting to become Firewise as they begin to learn how to address the wildfire hazards around their homes and the entire community. Ken-Caryl Ranch has adopted a Forest Stewardship Plan that will continue to manage the wildfire hazards and forest health needs of the mountain Open Space areas. The Ken-Caryl Ranch Master Association has a Community Wildfire Mitigation Plan prepared for the entire community 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, how to reduce this threat to their homes through vegetation and architectural management, and opportunities to become more involved with the community’s efforts to address this issue that can affect all portions of the area.

Ken-Caryl Ranch homeowners that border Open Space areas can work with the KCR Park Rangers to reduce natural fuels through mowing up to 4 feet in width along their property lines. 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 CSFS Golden District office can be reached at 303-279-9757. CSFS can also provide additional free information concerning wildfire mitigation issues and actions.

Recent wildfires in Colorado, especially the Waldo Canyon fire in Colorado Springs, have highlighted the threats to even urbanized communities. Educational efforts and action plans that lead to immediate improvements can occur through adoption of the Firewise Communities program. Long-term efforts to become a Firewise Adapted Community will help address the many needs associated with living in the wildland-urban interface.

Ken-Caryl Ranch residents who want to learn more, and become involved with a community Firewise Committee that will start working on these issues in fall 2015, can contact the Ken-Caryl Ranch Open Space office at 303-979-1876, ext. 170.

Published in the July 15, 2015 Life at Ken-Caryl Newspaper.

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