PLAINS PILOT PROJECT

Do you live in the eastern plains of unincorporated Boulder County? Are you interested in mitigating your home against wildfire?

For wildfire mitigation purposes, we divide Boulder County between the western mountains and forests (Wildfire Zone 1) and the eastern plains and grasslands (Wildfire Zone 2).

In the past, Wildfire Partners and this website have only served residents in the western mountains and forests of Boulder County (Wildfire Zone 1).

In response to the Marshall Fire, we have launched a new pilot project to 1) help homeowners on the plains take action to reduce their wildfire risk, and 2) test key elements of Wildfire Partners on the plains. If you live in unincorporated Boulder County within Wildfire Zone 2, please read further and consider applying.

If you live in Wildfire Zone 1, please visit our main website for more information and to apply for our existing Wildfire Partners program. (Please note that all information on the Wildfire Partners website, aside from this page, is intended for residents in Wildfire Zone 1 only.)

Project Description

Goals

  • Help residents of the plains prepare for future wildfires
  • Test select elements of the Wildfire Partners program with homeowners who live on the plains
  • Evaluate the feasibility of implementing future mitigation programs on the plains

Project Components

The Plains Pilot Project is significantly different from the existing Wildfire Partners program. Key elements of the pilot project include:

  • A free, individual, on-site, wildfire home assessment with a Wildfire Mitigation Specialist.
  • A customized report that identifies the weak links in your home’s defenses – This report will specify what actions you should take to reduce your vulnerability to wildfire. It will include your checklist of items to mitigate, annotated photos of your vulnerabilities, and additional information on wildfire mitigation and preparedness.
  • A follow-up survey to solicit feedback on the pilot project.

The pilot project does NOT include:

  • Financial awards to subsidize the cost of implementing wildfire mitigation measures. Pilot project participants will be responsible for paying for all mitigation measures themselves.
  • A final inspection or other follow-up visit. Pilot project participants will only receive one site visit—the initial assessment.
  • A Wildfire Partners certificate, letter and yard sign stating that you have mitigated your home. Pilot project participants will not receive these benefits. (The pilot project is not intended to help homeowners obtain insurance and was not designed in partnership with insurance companies.)
  • Access to the Wildfire Partners Chipping Program.

Eligibility

  • Applicants must live in unincorporated Boulder County within Wildfire Zone 2 to participate. Residents in the incorporated areas of Boulder, Erie, Lafayette, Longmont, Louisville, and Superior are not eligible. (This pilot is being funded and staffed by Boulder County.)
  • Applicants must own their home, and it must be their primary residence. (Renters and secondary residences/rental properties are not eligible.)
  • Applicants must be present for the on-site assessment. (A limited number of appointment options will be available, so having a flexible schedule is required.)
  • The number of participants in the pilot project is limited.

Project Schedule

  • There is only one application period. The deadline for submitting this application is June 30, 2022. Applications submitted after this date will not be considered.
  • For homeowners accepted into the pilot project, home assessments will be scheduled between July 15 and October 15.
  • This pilot project is limited to one year. Future mitigation programs in Wildfire Zone 2 will depend on funding, staffing, and the outcomes and lessons learned from this pilot project. There are no guarantees any of these services will continue in 2023.

Priority Areas

The pilot project does not have geographic priority areas. We are seeking broad representation from across the county rather than a large number of participants from a handful of communities. We are also looking for a variety of property sizes and properties with different risk factors. See application questions for details.

The deadline for submitting this application is June 30, 2022. Applications submitted after this date will not be considered.

Click here to apply

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Why is the scope of this project limited?

Following the Marshall Fire, the demand for this project is very high. However, staff capacity and funding is limited, and we have not received new funding to implement this pilot project.

Why is this a pilot project?

Boulder County has over 30 years of experience implementing wildfire mitigation programs in the mountains (Wildfire Zone 1). Boulder County has no experience implementing wildfire mitigation programs on the plains (Wildfire Zone 2). The purpose of the pilot project is to test some key components of Wildfire Partners on the plains.

How can I increase my chances of being accepted into the pilot?

Answer all the questions on the application to the best of your ability. However, please recognize that we will be admitting applicants into the pilot based on a long list of criteria, many of which are outside of your control. If your application is not accepted, it does not mean that your application was lacking in any way.

Since space is limited, should I not apply in order to give others a better chance at being accepted?

No, the number of applications we receive for the pilot project will be one indicator used to evaluate the potential demand for future programs on the plains. The more applications we receive, the more likely we will be able to obtain funding for future efforts. If you are interested in participating, please apply.

Since space is limited, should I discourage others from applying in order to give myself a better chance of being accepted?

No, please encourage others to apply. The number of applications we receive for the pilot project will be one indicator used to evaluate the potential demand for future programs on the plains. The more applications we receive, the more likely we will be able to obtain funding for future efforts. In addition, more applications will increase our applicant pool and allow us to visit and test a greater variety of properties.