So, You’ve Just Moved to the Foothills…

I remember the day we moved into our home in Nederland. For years, I’d dreamed of living in the mountains of Colorado. Cool summers, and views of snow capped peaks. Nirvana! Six weeks later, my husband burst into our house shouting “Get our stuff together – there’s a wildfire a mile away, we’ve got to […]

A Small But Mighty Mitigation Action

Have you ever evacuated in the middle of a firestorm? It can be a frightening, heart-pounding experience. Not only are you trying calm your nerves as you escape to safety, but you are trying to navigate roads in the pitch dark. You can barely see ten feet in front of your car. During a wildfire, […]

What Drought Means for Wildfire Mitigation

How low can it go? It doesn’t look like a lake anymore. The image that comes to mind is a dried up mud puddle, thirsting for water. Lines mark the parched banks showing where water used to be just a mere eight months ago. In all my time in Nederland, I’d never seen it this […]

Wildfire Awareness Begins in Winter

Wanting to get some fresh air, we decided to go for a walk with the dogs in the neighborhood. Though it was getting dark, we had flashlights and sturdy winter boots. Suddenly, an orange glow permeated the dusky sky. Orange flames shot above the roof of the house just down the road. What was going […]