Wildfire Partners is a mitigation program to help homeowners prepare for wildfire. This program is funded by Boulder County, a $1.5 million grant from the Colorado Department of Natural Resources and a $1.125 million grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
Wildfire Partners assists all Boulder County mountain and foothills homeowners-whether you own a new home or an old home, whether or not you have performed mitigation in the past, and whether or not you have had difficulty obtaining insurance or selling your home. Wildfire Partners is a nationally recognized model for wildfire mitigation that is incorporated into Boulder County's building code.
Why You Should Apply
It is your responsibility to mitigate your home and property in advance of future wildfires. However, you don't have to take on this important task by yourself. Wildfire Partners is here to help you. We offer motivated homeowners the following benefits:
An individual, on-site, wildfire home assessment-If you are accepted into Wildfire Partners, you will actively participate in your comprehensive assessment with a Wildfire Mitigation Specialist. Together, one of your tasks will be to examine the trees and other vegetation in your defensible space zones. The specialist will mark select vegetation with blue paint for removal according to Colorado State Forest Service standards. Valued at $250, the assessment takes 2-4 hours to complete and, in 2018, is provided at a charge of $100.
A customized report that identifies the weak links in your home's defenses-This report will specify precisely what actions you should take to reduce your vulnerability to wildfire. It will include your comprehensive Mitigation To Do List, annotated photos of your vulnerabilities, and additional information on wildfire mitigation and preparedness. (See sample reports located on this websites Homeowner Help section.)
Financial awards to subsidize the cost of hiring a 2018 Wildfire Partners Forestry Contractor- Financial assistance is available to homeowners who choose to hire 2018 Wildfire Partners Forestry Contractor. In 2018, financial awards may be limited. All 2018 participants who apply by June 30, 2018 will be eligible for a standard financial award as in 2017 - 50% of the forestry costs for hiring a 2018 Wildfire Partners Forestry Contractor up to $2,500. Participants who apply after June 30 will only be eligible for a financial award if funding is available. We will update the status of financial awards and funding on the website and in communications with applicants starting July 1. Wildfire Partners does not reimburse participants for any mitigation work they perform or any mitigation costs they pay themselves. Wildfire Partners does not pay for any mitigation work other than subsidizing the cost of hiring a 2018 Wildfire Partners Forestry Contractor. Additional financial assistance is available to participants with documented financial need.
Free access to Wildfire Partners Phone Advisors- Advisors are available from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday-Friday, to assist participants. Our phone number is (303) 441-1420 and our email is firstname.lastname@example.org.
A Wildfire Partners Certificate, letter and yard sign stating that you have mitigated your home- After you (or your forestry contractor) successfully complete your Mitigation To Do List, we will return for your final inspection. After passing the inspection, you will receive your certificate and letter that you can send to your insurance company. Allstate and USAA Insurance recognize this certificate as proof of proper mitigation. State Farm recognizes this certificate for renewal business. We are not aware of any insurance company who has denied coverage for a Wildfire Partners certified home. The certificate is transferable and can be uploaded to your MLS listing to help you sell your home (the new owner just needs to participate in a free educational site visit.)
Increased peace of mind- By completing mitigation measures correctly, you will feel good about yourself knowing you have acted responsibly to help protect your family and the first responders who put their lives on the line for your community. At the same time, you will learn about fire behavior and understand that becoming a Wildfire Partner does not guarantee your home will survive a wildfire.
Become a Wildfire Partner! Be a positive role model for others. Help create a more resilient community.
Apply Now and begin your journey to having a more resilient home and community.
If you are unable to submit an application online, you may call a Wildfire Phone Advisor at (303) 441-1420.