2023 Annual Report: Reflections in the Rearview Mirror

Ellis Thompson Grand Junction Fire & Two Rivers Wildfire Coalition This Annual Report highlights 2023 as a year of growth and service by Fire Adapted Colorado. In this report: Learn how network participation has rapidly expanded and review participants’ expressions of the impacts of engagement on their local wildfire resilience work. Get a snapshot of… learn more >

Empowering Wildfire Resilience: FACO Opportunity Funds’ Impact in 2023

The Fire Adapted Colorado Wildfire Resilience Opportunity Fund played a crucial role in supporting participants within the FACO network again in 2023. With the support of BLM Colorado, Colorado State Forest Service, and the Argosy Foundation, microgrants were offered to spur member projects, fill critical funding gaps, and accomplish projects that benefit beyond a specific… learn more >

Bridging the Gap: Innovations in Communication using StoryMaps

Byline: FACO Training & Network Specialist Lara Thomas I found myself amid the bustling Sustaining Colorado Watersheds Conference poster session amongst a myriad of engaging presentations on watershed conservation issues, each vying for attention when I encountered Lauren Magliozzi (PhD Candidate at the University of Colorado Boulder, Environmental Engineering Program), whose nontraditional approach immediately captured… learn more >

Minimizing Risk; Completing IncidentObjectives

It’s an understatement to simply say that social dynamics are a critical part of fire management, and one aspect critical to improving outcomes is understanding how internal organizational factors interact with external social factors. As wildfire resilience leaders, our interactions with the public are one way we tell the story, offering us an opportunity to… learn more >

Re-enforcing Resiliency at All Levels

“Community resilience is the sustainability of a community to use available resources to respond to, withstand and recover from adverse situations.” (Wikipedia) “To withstand” wildfires and other disasters and become a truly resilient Colorado requires a paradigm shift. It requires engagement in risk reduction at all levels. National Level At the national level, the Columbia… learn more >

Live Wildfire Ready

Tracy LeClair – PIO1/PIOC, CO-CEM® Communications & Outreach Specialist Wildland Fire Management Section Colorado Division of Fire Prevention & Control   Live Wildfire Ready is a new campaign in Colorado designed to inform homeowners about what they can do to mitigate wildfire risk to their life, home and property. The campaign is funded by the State of Colorado and… learn more >

FACO Members earn 2023 IAFC Wildfire Mitigation Awards

Exemplary Commitment to Community Wildfire Risk Reduction  Eagle County, Colorado The IAFC Wildfire Mitigation Awards committee has named one individual and one organization to receive it’s 2023 Wildfire Mitigation Awards. This year’s recipients happen to both be from Eagle County, Colorado, where their coordinated efforts have earned them “the highest commendation for innovation and leadership in wildfire mitigation.”… learn more >

Growing Wildfire Adaptation: The Case of Two Rivers

Fire Adapted Colorado and our membership of wildfire resilience leaders in Colorado are growing in tandem. In the past several years, wildfire collaborative groups have coalesced around the state. New(ish) groups include the Routt County Wildfire Council, Clear Creek Watershed Forest Health Partnership, Boulder Fireshed Collaborative, Four Rivers Resilient Forest Collaborative, Eagle County Wildfire Collaborative… learn more >

Reflections, Resources, and Hope

BY REBECCAFIREADAPTEDCOORG ON DECEMBER 14, 2022 It’s been nearly a year since the Marshall fire caused unprecedented wildfire destruction in Boulder County.  Only two years ago the East Troublesome Fire destroyed 366 homes, Calwood 23 homes, and the Cameron Peak Fire outgrew the Pine Gulch Fire as the two largest recorded fires in Colorado, both in the same… learn more >