Member Directory

On this page you will find a map and directory listings of FACO members, organized by area served.

Contact Jonathan Bruno at jonathan@cusp.ws.

Visit co-co.org to learn more.

Contact Marty Schechter at marty@schechterpr.com.

Visit ColoradoProjectWildfire.com to learn more.

Contact Rob Pressly, Resiliency Program Manager, at rob.pressly@state.co.us.

Visit coresiliency.com and cdola.colorado.gov/local-government to learn more.

Stay up to date with DOLA on Twitter and Instagram.

Visit colorado.gov/pacific/dfpc to learn more.

Contact Hannah Brown at hannah.lc.brown@colostate.edu.

Visit cfri.colostate.edu to learn more.

Stay up to date with CFRI on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

Visit coprescribedfire.org to learn more.

Contact Daniel Beveridge, Wildfire Mitigation Program Specialist, at dbeverid@colostate.edu.

Visit csfs.colostate.edu to learn more.

Stay up to date with CSFS on Twitter @CSFS_Outreach.

Contact Molly Pitts, Executive Director, at coloradopitts@gmail.com.

Visit coloradotimber.org to learn more.

Contact Molly Mowery, Executive Director, at execdirector@communitywildfire.org.

Visit communitywildfire.org to learn more.

Contact Daniel Godwin, Director of Programs and Partnerships, at daniel@emberalliance.org.

Visit emberalliance.org to learn more.

Stay up to date with The Ember Alliance on Facebook and Instagram.

Contact Logan Sand, Community Planner, at logan.sand@fema.dhs.gov.

Learn more at FEMA Region 8.

Stay up to date with FEMA Region 8 on Twitter.

Fire Adapted Communities Learning Network (FAC Net) exists to connect and support people and communities who are striving to live more safely with wildfire. It offers community-based leaders resources, tools, and connections to reduce their wildfire risk and increase community resilience. The Network is a catalyst for spreading best practices and innovations in fire adaptation concepts nationwide. The purpose of FAC Net is to exchange information, collaborate to enhance the practice of fire adaptation, and work together and at multiple scales to help communities live safely with fire. This includes embracing resiliency concepts and taking action before, during and after wildfires.

FAC Net supports on-the-ground project work, professional development, peer learning and coaching, and long-range strategic planning to invest in better fire outcomes. FAC Net is its members. Core Members determine areas of emphasis and actively contribute to the Network’s mission by sharing fire adaptation strategies, participating in learning opportunities and training exchanges, and developing resources for other community leaders. Affiliate members enjoy many of the same benefits and membership is open through an online, free application.

Contact Director Michelle Medley-Daniel at michelle@thewatershedcenter.com.

Visit fireadpatednetwork.org to learn more.

Contact Patt Dorsey at pdorsey@nwtf.net.

Visit nwtf.org to learn more.

Contact Jason Lawhon at jason.lawhon@usda.gov, and Patt Dorsey at pdorsey@nwtf.net.

Visit restoringtherockies.org to learn more.

Contact Gloria Edwards, Program Coordinator, at Gloria.Edwards@Colostate.edu.

Visit firescience.gov to learn more.

Stay up to date with SRFSN on Facebook and Twitter.

Contact Jaecob Underwood, Operations Associate, WY-CO, at jaecob.underwood@teamrubiconusa.org.

Visit teamrubiconus.org to learn more.

Stay up to date with Team Rubicon on Facebook or request to join the Team Rubicon Colorado Facebook Group.

West Metro Fire Rescue is an accredited, all-hazard fire department serving the communities of Lakewood, Wheat Ridge, Morrision, and parts of unincorporated Jefferson and Douglas counties along the west/southwestern edge of the Denver metro area. The West Metro Fire Rescue family is committed to protecting the community’s quality of life through prevention, preparedness, and all-hazards emergency response. They have 17 fire stations, nearly 400 uniform personnel, and serve a population of roughly 250,000 across 110 square miles. Much of the western edge of the district is located in areas classified as wildland-urban interface or intermix.

Key services:

  • Wildfire Response: all members are qualified wildland firefighters, and are deployed with engines to wildfire assignments within Colorado and across the US
  • Resident & Community Mitigation: Firewise Community support and home assessments in collaboration with CSFS foresters, Community Engagement, Safety & Evacuation: educating and working with communities on evacuation planning and modeling
  • Collaboration: participation in Fire Adapted Communities Learning Network, Fire Adapted Colorado, and a new Fire Adapted Community work group in Jefferson County, in order to learn from others and implement best practices

Contact Lieutenant Steve Orr at sorr@westmetrofire.org.

Visit westmetrofire.org to learn more.

South Metro Fire Rescue (SMFR) is an all-hazards, full-time fire department that serves a jurisdiction of 287 square miles in Arapahoe, Douglas, and Jefferson Counties with 540,000 residents before, during, and after emergencies. In addition to a robust Risk Reduction Bureau and Fire Marshal’s Office, SMFR also has their own dispatch center, fleet, and 650 firefighters.

Key services:

  • Administrative support for Ready, Set, Goat mitigation efforts
  • Personnel for mitigation in open space areas
  • Articles and presentations for HOAs and other community groups
  • Home wildfire assessments
  • Grant support for community partners
  • Neighborhood mitigation plans
  • Outreach and education for school-aged audiences
  • subject matter experts often utilized by Denver’s broadcast media
  • Deployment across Colorado and the nation for wildland fire response

Contact Einar Jensen, Risk Reduction Specialist, at jensenonfire@gmail.com.

Visit southmetro.org to learn more.

West Metro Fire Rescue is an accredited, all-hazard fire department serving the communities of Lakewood, Wheat Ridge, Morrision, and parts of unincorporated Jefferson and Douglas counties along the west/southwestern edge of the Denver metro area. The West Metro Fire Rescue family is committed to protecting the community’s quality of life through prevention, preparedness, and all-hazards emergency response. They have 17 fire stations, nearly 400 uniform personnel, and serve a population of roughly 250,000 across 110 square miles. Much of the western edge of the district is located in areas classified as wildland-urban interface or intermix.

Key services:

  • Wildfire Response: all members are qualified wildland firefighters, and are deployed with engines to wildfire assignments within Colorado and across the US
  • Resident & Community Mitigation: Firewise Community support and home assessments in collaboration with CSFS foresters, Community Engagement, Safety & Evacuation: educating and working with communities on evacuation planning and modeling
  • Collaboration: participation in Fire Adapted Communities Learning Network, Fire Adapted Colorado, and a new Fire Adapted Community work group in Jefferson County, in order to learn from others and implement best practices

Contact Lieutenant Steve Orr at sorr@westmetrofire.org.

Visit westmetrofire.org to learn more.

The 2-3-2 Cohesive Strategy Partnership (2-3-2) strives to work together to protect and preserve the forest health, water quality, wildlife habitat and communities within the San Juan, Chama and Rio Grande Watershed Landscapes. 2-3-2 implements a cohesive approach that supports a coordinated, landscape- scale effort that emphasizes public and private partnerships, bridges geographic boundaries and addresses agency management constraints to deliver integrated results that cannot be accomplished when working separately.

Key services:

  • Community and stakeholder engagement across boundaries
  • Leveraging of resources to amplify on-the-ground fuel mitigation and vegetation management efforts
  • Education and outreach about wildfire, prescribed fire, managed fire, and smoke

Contact Aaron Kimple, Co-Coordinator, at akimple@mountainstudies.org.

Visit 232partnership.org to learn more.

Stay up to date with 2-3-2 on Facebook.

The San Juan Headwaters Forest Health Partnership (SJHFHP) was established in 2009. The SJHFHP mission is to provide a forum to share stakeholder perspectives in order to develop science-based collaborative priorities for management and monitoring of forests in the Pagosa Ranger District of the San Juan National Forest in Southwestern Colorado.

Key services:

  • Community engagement: tours, online messaging, and resources on wildfire, prescribed fire, managed fire and smoke
  • Local decision maker and land manager engagement surrounding disaster planning, recreation development and messaging, fireshed and watershed connectivity

Contact Dana Hayward, Partnership Coordinator, at dana@mountainstudies.org.

To sign up for emergency notifications, visit Archuleta County Citizens Alert.

To learn about county burn restrictions and permitting information, visit Pagosa Fire permits.

Visit sanjuanheadwaters.org for more information, or stay up to date with SJHFHP on Facebook.

Wildfire Adapted Partnership (WAP) is a non-profit organization that inspires, motivates, educates and serves individuals, organizations and communities joining together to protect lives and property from wildfire. WAP has wildfire education and wildfire mitigation incentive programs serving Archuleta, Dolores, La Plata, Montezuma and San Juan counties in Southwest Colorado. WAP (formerly FireWise) has been providing wildfire education and supporting wildfire preparedness planning and implementation since 2003, and with the wonderful work of volunteers, WAP has made great strides to increase wildfire awareness and help residents learn to live safely with wildfire.

Key services:

  • Neighborhood Ambassador Program
  • Chipper Rebate
  • Defensible Space Cost Share
  • Community Assessments and Community Wildfire Protection Plans
  • Wildfire Education
  • Evacuation Planning

Contact Ashley Downing, Executive Director, at adowning@wildfireadapted.org.

Visit wildfireadapted.org to learn more.

The Arkansas River Watershed Collaborative (ARWC) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that grew out of the process of wildfire and its effects on water and communities. As fires in the Arkansas River Basin and across the state were becoming more intense and frequent, the need for organized community and agency partnerships to address impacts and preserve the health of our watersheds became clear and urgent. ARWC is a response to these growing needs and a home for community-driven forest health, watershed health, and post-fire collaborative efforts. ARWC serves all 23,000 square miles of the Arkansas River Basin, reaching from Leadville to the Colorado-Kansas border.

Key services:

  • Forest mitigation: community engagement, education and implementation
  • Post-wildfire recovery: leadership, project development, education, implementation
  • Water quality & quantity: stream management plans, monitoring
  • Stakeholder engagement: Ark Basin Roundtable, water districts, municipalities, collaborative group, engagement, events, conferences & workshops

Contact Carrie Adair, Chief Operations Officer, at carriea@arkcollaborative.org.

Visit arkcollaborative.org to learn more.

Stay up to date with ARWC on Facebook.

The Arkansas River Watershed Collaborative (ARWC) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that grew out of the process of wildfire and its effects on water and communities. As fires in the Arkansas River Basin and across the state were becoming more intense and frequent, the need for organized community and agency partnerships to address impacts and preserve the health of our watersheds became clear and urgent. ARWC is a response to these growing needs and a home for community-driven forest health, watershed health, and post-fire collaborative efforts. ARWC serves all 23,000 square miles of the Arkansas River Basin, reaching from Leadville to the Colorado-Kansas border.

Key services:

  • Forest mitigation: community engagement, education and implementation
  • Post-wildfire recovery: leadership, project development, education, implementation
  • Water quality & quantity: stream management plans, monitoring
  • Stakeholder engagement: Ark Basin Roundtable, water districts, municipalities, collaborative group, engagement, events, conferences & workshops

Contact Carrie Adair, Chief Operations Officer, at carriea@arkcollaborative.org.

Visit arkcollaborative.org to learn more.

Stay up to date with ARWC on Facebook.

Wildfire Partners is a mitigation program to help homeowners prepare for wildfire. As part of Boulder County’s Community Planning and Permits Department, we serve all mountain and foothills residents throughout Boulder County.
Wildfire Partners is a nationally recognized model for wildfire mitigation that is incorporated into Boulder County’s building code.

Key services:

  • Education on wildfire risk mitigation for homeowners
  • Property assessment from a mitigation specialist upon acceptance to our program
  • Comprehensive report for recommended actions to mitigate wildfire risk
  • Certification as proof of mitigation for insurance following completion of required actions

Contact Kyle McCatty, Wildfire Mitigation Specialist, at kmccatty@bouldercounty.org.

Visit wildfirepartners.org to learn more and apply.

West Metro Fire Rescue is an accredited, all-hazard fire department serving the communities of Lakewood, Wheat Ridge, Morrision, and parts of unincorporated Jefferson and Douglas counties along the west/southwestern edge of the Denver metro area. The West Metro Fire Rescue family is committed to protecting the community’s quality of life through prevention, preparedness, and all-hazards emergency response. They have 17 fire stations, nearly 400 uniform personnel, and serve a population of roughly 250,000 across 110 square miles. Much of the western edge of the district is located in areas classified as wildland-urban interface or intermix.

Key services:

  • Wildfire Response: all members are qualified wildland firefighters, and are deployed with engines to wildfire assignments within Colorado and across the US
  • Resident & Community Mitigation: Firewise Community support and home assessments in collaboration with CSFS foresters, Community Engagement, Safety & Evacuation: educating and working with communities on evacuation planning and modeling
  • Collaboration: participation in Fire Adapted Communities Learning Network, Fire Adapted Colorado, and a new Fire Adapted Community work group in Jefferson County, in order to learn from others and implement best practices

Contact Lieutenant Steve Orr at sorr@westmetrofire.org.

Visit westmetrofire.org to learn more.

West Metro Fire Rescue is an accredited, all-hazard fire department serving the communities of Lakewood, Wheat Ridge, Morrision, and parts of unincorporated Jefferson and Douglas counties along the west/southwestern edge of the Denver metro area. The West Metro Fire Rescue family is committed to protecting the community’s quality of life through prevention, preparedness, and all-hazards emergency response. They have 17 fire stations, nearly 400 uniform personnel, and serve a population of roughly 250,000 across 110 square miles. Much of the western edge of the district is located in areas classified as wildland-urban interface or intermix.

Key services:

  • Wildfire Response: all members are qualified wildland firefighters, and are deployed with engines to wildfire assignments within Colorado and across the US
  • Resident & Community Mitigation: Firewise Community support and home assessments in collaboration with CSFS foresters, Community Engagement, Safety & Evacuation: educating and working with communities on evacuation planning and modeling
  • Collaboration: participation in Fire Adapted Communities Learning Network, Fire Adapted Colorado, and a new Fire Adapted Community work group in Jefferson County, in order to learn from others and implement best practices

Contact Lieutenant Steve Orr at sorr@westmetrofire.org.

Visit westmetrofire.org to learn more.

The Arkansas River Watershed Collaborative (ARWC) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that grew out of the process of wildfire and its effects on water and communities. As fires in the Arkansas River Basin and across the state were becoming more intense and frequent, the need for organized community and agency partnerships to address impacts and preserve the health of our watersheds became clear and urgent. ARWC is a response to these growing needs and a home for community-driven forest health, watershed health, and post-fire collaborative efforts. ARWC serves all 23,000 square miles of the Arkansas River Basin, reaching from Leadville to the Colorado-Kansas border.

Key services:

  • Forest mitigation: community engagement, education and implementation
  • Post-wildfire recovery: leadership, project development, education, implementation
  • Water quality & quantity: stream management plans, monitoring
  • Stakeholder engagement: Ark Basin Roundtable, water districts, municipalities, collaborative group, engagement, events, conferences & workshops

Contact Carrie Adair, Chief Operations Officer, at carriea@arkcollaborative.org.

Visit arkcollaborative.org to learn more.

Stay up to date with ARWC on Facebook.

The Arkansas River Watershed Collaborative (ARWC) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that grew out of the process of wildfire and its effects on water and communities. As fires in the Arkansas River Basin and across the state were becoming more intense and frequent, the need for organized community and agency partnerships to address impacts and preserve the health of our watersheds became clear and urgent. ARWC is a response to these growing needs and a home for community-driven forest health, watershed health, and post-fire collaborative efforts. ARWC serves all 23,000 square miles of the Arkansas River Basin, reaching from Leadville to the Colorado-Kansas border.

Key services:

  • Forest mitigation: community engagement, education and implementation
  • Post-wildfire recovery: leadership, project development, education, implementation
  • Water quality & quantity: stream management plans, monitoring
  • Stakeholder engagement: Ark Basin Roundtable, water districts, municipalities, collaborative group, engagement, events, conferences & workshops

Contact Carrie Adair, Chief Operations Officer, at carriea@arkcollaborative.org.

Visit arkcollaborative.org to learn more.

Stay up to date with ARWC on Facebook.

West Metro Fire Rescue is an accredited, all-hazard fire department serving the communities of Lakewood, Wheat Ridge, Morrision, and parts of unincorporated Jefferson and Douglas counties along the west/southwestern edge of the Denver metro area. The West Metro Fire Rescue family is committed to protecting the community’s quality of life through prevention, preparedness, and all-hazards emergency response. They have 17 fire stations, nearly 400 uniform personnel, and serve a population of roughly 250,000 across 110 square miles. Much of the western edge of the district is located in areas classified as wildland-urban interface or intermix.

Key services:

  • Wildfire Response: all members are qualified wildland firefighters, and are deployed with engines to wildfire assignments within Colorado and across the US
  • Resident & Community Mitigation: Firewise Community support and home assessments in collaboration with CSFS foresters, Community Engagement, Safety & Evacuation: educating and working with communities on evacuation planning and modeling
  • Collaboration: participation in Fire Adapted Communities Learning Network, Fire Adapted Colorado, and a new Fire Adapted Community work group in Jefferson County, in order to learn from others and implement best practices

Contact Lieutenant Steve Orr at sorr@westmetrofire.org.

Visit westmetrofire.org to learn more.

It is the mission of the Clear Creek Watershed & Forest Health Partnership to engage in collaborative, cross-jurisdictional planning and implementation of wildfire risk mitigation and forest health projects within the Clear Creek watershed. The Clear Creek Watershed spans from its western edge at the Continental Divide to the urbanized plains outside of Denver where Clear Creek joins the South Platte River. The entire watershed covers an area of 575 square miles, with 400 square miles located in the ‘upper’ watershed in the mountains west of Golden. Nearly two-thirds of the upper Clear Creek watershed lies within the Arapaho & Roosevelt National Forests and is administered by the Clear Creek Ranger District in Clear Creek, Gilpin, and Jefferson Counties.

Key Services:

  • Spatial fire planning
  • Community engagement
  • Wildfire response planning

Contact Kerry Major, Watershed Scientist, at kmajor@cityofgolden.net.

The 2-3-2 Cohesive Strategy Partnership (2-3-2) strives to work together to protect and preserve the forest health, water quality, wildlife habitat and communities within the San Juan, Chama and Rio Grande Watershed Landscapes. 2-3-2 implements a cohesive approach that supports a coordinated, landscape- scale effort that emphasizes public and private partnerships, bridges geographic boundaries and addresses agency management constraints to deliver integrated results that cannot be accomplished when working separately.

Key services:

  • Community and stakeholder engagement across boundaries
  • Leveraging of resources to amplify on-the-ground fuel mitigation and vegetation management efforts
  • Education and outreach about wildfire, prescribed fire, managed fire, and smoke

Contact Aaron Kimple, Co-Coordinator, at akimple@mountainstudies.org.

Visit 232partnership.org to learn more.

Stay up to date with 2-3-2 on Facebook.

The Arkansas River Watershed Collaborative (ARWC) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that grew out of the process of wildfire and its effects on water and communities. As fires in the Arkansas River Basin and across the state were becoming more intense and frequent, the need for organized community and agency partnerships to address impacts and preserve the health of our watersheds became clear and urgent. ARWC is a response to these growing needs and a home for community-driven forest health, watershed health, and post-fire collaborative efforts. ARWC serves all 23,000 square miles of the Arkansas River Basin, reaching from Leadville to the Colorado-Kansas border.

Key services:

  • Forest mitigation: community engagement, education and implementation
  • Post-wildfire recovery: leadership, project development, education, implementation
  • Water quality & quantity: stream management plans, monitoring
  • Stakeholder engagement: Ark Basin Roundtable, water districts, municipalities, collaborative group, engagement, events, conferences & workshops

Contact Carrie Adair, Chief Operations Officer, at carriea@arkcollaborative.org.

Visit arkcollaborative.org to learn more.

Stay up to date with ARWC on Facebook.

The Arkansas River Watershed Collaborative (ARWC) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that grew out of the process of wildfire and its effects on water and communities. As fires in the Arkansas River Basin and across the state were becoming more intense and frequent, the need for organized community and agency partnerships to address impacts and preserve the health of our watersheds became clear and urgent. ARWC is a response to these growing needs and a home for community-driven forest health, watershed health, and post-fire collaborative efforts. ARWC serves all 23,000 square miles of the Arkansas River Basin, reaching from Leadville to the Colorado-Kansas border.

Key services:

  • Forest mitigation: community engagement, education and implementation
  • Post-wildfire recovery: leadership, project development, education, implementation
  • Water quality & quantity: stream management plans, monitoring
  • Stakeholder engagement: Ark Basin Roundtable, water districts, municipalities, collaborative group, engagement, events, conferences & workshops

Contact Carrie Adair, Chief Operations Officer, at carriea@arkcollaborative.org.

Visit arkcollaborative.org to learn more.

Stay up to date with ARWC on Facebook.

The West Region Wildfire Council promotes wildfire preparedness, prevention and mitigation education throughout Delta, Gunnison, Hinsdale, Montrose, Ouray and San Miguel counties. West Region Wildfire Council’s mission is to mitigate loss due to wildfire in wildland urban interface communities while fostering interagency regional partnerships to help prepare counties, fire protection districts, communities and agencies to plan for and mitigate potential threats from wildfire.

Key services:

  • Risk Assessment & Planning:
    • develop Community Assessments
    • Community Wildfire Protection Plans
    • Rapid Wildfire Risk Assessments
    • associated efforts
  • Wildfire Fuels Reduction & Mitigation:
    • free site visits (home assessments)
    • homeowner mitigation recommendation reports
    • fuels reduction cost-share program
    • community chipping program

Contact Jamie Gomez, Executive Director, at Jamie.Gomez@cowildfire.org.

Visit cowildfire.org to learn more.

West Metro Fire Rescue is an accredited, all-hazard fire department serving the communities of Lakewood, Wheat Ridge, Morrision, and parts of unincorporated Jefferson and Douglas counties along the west/southwestern edge of the Denver metro area. The West Metro Fire Rescue family is committed to protecting the community’s quality of life through prevention, preparedness, and all-hazards emergency response. They have 17 fire stations, nearly 400 uniform personnel, and serve a population of roughly 250,000 across 110 square miles. Much of the western edge of the district is located in areas classified as wildland-urban interface or intermix.

Key services:

  • Wildfire Response: all members are qualified wildland firefighters, and are deployed with engines to wildfire assignments within Colorado and across the US
  • Resident & Community Mitigation: Firewise Community support and home assessments in collaboration with CSFS foresters, Community Engagement, Safety & Evacuation: educating and working with communities on evacuation planning and modeling
  • Collaboration: participation in Fire Adapted Communities Learning Network, Fire Adapted Colorado, and a new Fire Adapted Community work group in Jefferson County, in order to learn from others and implement best practices

Contact Lieutenant Steve Orr at sorr@westmetrofire.org.

Visit westmetrofire.org to learn more.

The Dolores Watershed Resilient Forest (DWRF) Collaborative is a network of key stakeholders and community members working together to make our community more resilient to wildfires and other natural disaster events in the critical upper Dolores River watershed. DWRF emphasizes protection of lives, property, infrastructure and water supplies. Participants identify and capitalize upon tree-thinning and other practical fire-adaptive projects that complement and expand existing efforts within the 667,000 acre river basin. Our group has built a strong local partnership with consistently over 20 stakeholders attending monthly meetings over the last two and a half years. We have land and water managers, all levels of government, timber industry, environmental groups, and residents in addition to FireWise of Southwest Colorado and fire agencies. Our focus is on watershed wildfire protection. We have a completed Highly Valued Resources and Assets assessment of the watershed and an Automated Geospatial Watershed Assessment modelling post-fire runoff and erosion.

Key services:

  • Collaboratively implement forest management activities, including mapping and analyses, policy discussions, direct treatments, and adaptive management
  • Use the best available science to inform community preparedness and land management projects and decisions
  • Increase the capacity of the local forest products industry, and integrate them into forest treatment initiatives that reduce risk and enhance resilience
  • Better prepare for, respond to, and aid recovery from severe wildfire, post-fire effects, and other disturbances

Contact Rebecca Samulski at dwarfcollaborative@gmail.com.

Visit DWRF Collaborative to learn more.

Wildfire Adapted Partnership (WAP) is a non-profit organization that inspires, motivates, educates and serves individuals, organizations and communities joining together to protect lives and property from wildfire. WAP has wildfire education and wildfire mitigation incentive programs serving Archuleta, Dolores, La Plata, Montezuma and San Juan counties in Southwest Colorado. WAP (formerly FireWise) has been providing wildfire education and supporting wildfire preparedness planning and implementation since 2003, and with the wonderful work of volunteers, WAP has made great strides to increase wildfire awareness and help residents learn to live safely with wildfire.

Key services:

  • Neighborhood Ambassador Program
  • Chipper Rebate
  • Defensible Space Cost Share
  • Community Assessments and Community Wildfire Protection Plans
  • Wildfire Education
  • Evacuation Planning

Contact Ashley Downing, Executive Director, at adowning@wildfireadapted.org.

Visit wildfireadapted.org to learn more.

Coalition for the Upper South Platte is a watershed protection nonprofit focusing on forest ecological restoration and fuels mitigation, Fire Adapted Communities, wildfire restoration, water quality, trails, noxious weeds, and carbon offsets. CSUP serves 2600 square miles southwest of Denver and northwest of Colorado Springs, encompassing parts of Park, Clear Creek, Jefferson, Douglas, and Teller Counties. Their mission is to protect the water quality and ecological health of the Upper South Platte Watershed, through the collaborative efforts of watershed stakeholders with emphasis on community values and economic sustainability.

Key services:

  • Landscape Treatments: forest restoration and hazardous fuels reduction
  • Resident & Community Mitigation: defensible space and home hardening
  • Safety & Evacuation: improved ingress/egress
  • Community Engagement: community meetings and events

Contact Michelle Connelly, Operations Director, at michelle@cusp.ws.

Visit cusp.ws to learn more.

South Metro Fire Rescue (SMFR) is an all-hazards, full-time fire department that serves a jurisdiction of 287 square miles in Arapahoe, Douglas, and Jefferson Counties with 540,000 residents before, during, and after emergencies. In addition to a robust Risk Reduction Bureau and Fire Marshal’s Office, SMFR also has their own dispatch center, fleet, and 650 firefighters.

Key services:

  • Administrative support for Ready, Set, Goat mitigation efforts
  • Personnel for mitigation in open space areas
  • Articles and presentations for HOAs and other community groups
  • Home wildfire assessments
  • Grant support for community partners
  • Neighborhood mitigation plans
  • Outreach and education for school-aged audiences
  • subject matter experts often utilized by Denver’s broadcast media
  • Deployment across Colorado and the nation for wildland fire response

Contact Einar Jensen, Risk Reduction Specialist, at jensenonfire@gmail.com.

Visit southmetro.org to learn more.

West Metro Fire Rescue is an accredited, all-hazard fire department serving the communities of Lakewood, Wheat Ridge, Morrision, and parts of unincorporated Jefferson and Douglas counties along the west/southwestern edge of the Denver metro area. The West Metro Fire Rescue family is committed to protecting the community’s quality of life through prevention, preparedness, and all-hazards emergency response. They have 17 fire stations, nearly 400 uniform personnel, and serve a population of roughly 250,000 across 110 square miles. Much of the western edge of the district is located in areas classified as wildland-urban interface or intermix.

Key services:

  • Wildfire Response: all members are qualified wildland firefighters, and are deployed with engines to wildfire assignments within Colorado and across the US
  • Resident & Community Mitigation: Firewise Community support and home assessments in collaboration with CSFS foresters, Community Engagement, Safety & Evacuation: educating and working with communities on evacuation planning and modeling
  • Collaboration: participation in Fire Adapted Communities Learning Network, Fire Adapted Colorado, and a new Fire Adapted Community work group in Jefferson County, in order to learn from others and implement best practices

Contact Lieutenant Steve Orr at sorr@westmetrofire.org.

Visit westmetrofire.org to learn more.

Eagle County Wildfire Mitigation is focused on resiliency planning and creating fire adapted communities by reducing wildfire risk in the Wildland Urban Interface / Intermix within Eagle County. They negotiate with homeowners, developers, builders, local fire authorities, and others in order to achieve workable solutions while maintaining the integrity of Eagle County’s Wildfire Regulations.

Key services:

  • Coordination with public and private agencies to implement forest health and fuel reduction projects
  • Leveraging grant funding from state and federal sources to implement education and outreach programs
  • Eagle County Wildfire Council
  • Eagle County Community Wildfire Protection Plan and Wildfire Hazard Map
  • Facilitate learning exchanges, workshops, and training events
  • Open burning program
  • REALFire: a program through which local residents can request a property assessment to mitigate home risk, in addition to annual training and sharing of best practices for realtors sponsored by the Vail Board of REALTORS®

Contact Eric Lovgren, Eagle County Office of Emergency Management, at eric.lovgren@eaglecounty.us.

Visit Eagle County Wildfire Information and REALFire to learn more.

Eagle River Fire Protection District (ERFPD)’s primary purpose is to provide fire suppression, rescue, emergency medical, hazardous materials services, fire prevention, and public education to its residents, businesses, and visitors. ERFPD has 5 staffed fire stations, employs approximately 73 personnel, and serves a resident population of around 25,000 people within Eagle County, west and southwest of Vail.

Key services:

  • Wildfire Home Risk Assessments
  • fuel mitigation projects
  • community risk evaluation
  • wildfire response
  • evacuations
  • Community Wildfire Protection Plan
  • joint efforts with Greater Eagle Fire under Eagle Valley Wildland to help create fire adapted communities in 2 neighboring districts

Contact Jeff Zechman, Wildland Mitigation Specialist, at jzechman@eagleriverfire.org.

Visit www.erfpd.org to learn more.

Stay up to date with ERFPD on Facebook and Twitter.

Greater Eagle Fire Protection District (GEFPD) includes the fire department that employs 14 career firefighters and 20 volunteer firefighters, who serve a residential population of more than 8,000 citizens in west-central Eagle County. GEFPD provides emergency services to a geographical area of over 190 square miles and includes residential, commercial, rural areas, and federal lands. Greater Eagle strives to create a community that is adapted to living with fire and reducing the threat of catastrophic wildfire through prescribed fire, mitigation, and training.

Key services:

  • Three part fuel reduction plan that includes
    • prescribed fire
    • fuel mastication and mowing
    • thinning along with pile burning
  • free home assessments
  • community training on home hardening and preparation

Contact Hugh Fairfield-Smith, Wildland Coordinator, at hfairfield@gefpd.org.

Visit gefpd.org to learn more.

Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers (RFOV) is dedicated to creating public lands stewards through volunteer trail work and landscape restoration in the Roaring Fork and Middle Colorado watersheds in Pitkin, Garfield, Eagle, and Gunnison Counties. Founded in 1995, the organization has focused primarily on riparian/riverine and littoral restoration. Following the 2018 Lake Christine Fire in Basalt, RFOV has begun to actively pursue post-fire restoration and pre-fire mitigation. RFOV engages with 100+ partnership organizations from government, non-profit, and business organizations that supplement our work with their expertise toward creating fire adapted communities.

Key services:

  • Wildfire Recovery: restoration of burned and degraded habitats
  • Community Engagement: recruiting volunteers for conservation and trail work
  • Landscape Treatments: riparian restoration

Contact Jacob Baker, Community & Engagement Manager, at jbaker@rfov.org.

Visit rfov.org to learn more.

Keep up to date with RFOV on Facebook and Instagram.

Vail Fire and Emergency Services is a department of the Town of Vail. The Department is an all risk fire department providing prevention, mitigation and emergency services to the town and surrounding area. Vail Fire has been highly engaged in wildfire risk reduction in our community since 2007. Over the past 13 years the department has completed numerous highly impactful cross- boundary fuels reduction projects.

Key services:

  • community risk assessments
  • curbside chipping
  • highly impactful cross-boundary fuels reduction projects ranging from individual defensible space to landscape scale fuels reduction coordinated with the White River National Forest and Colorado Parks and Wildlife
  • “Fire Adapted Vail”: a strategic framework to guide preparedness, mitigation, response and recovery
  • active engagement at the state and national level with Fire Adapted Colorado, Fire Adapted Communities Learning Network, and the IAFC Wildfire Policy Committee

Contact Paul Cada, Wildland Program Manager, at pcada@vailgov.com.

Visit vailgov.com/fire to learn more.

The Natural Resources program manages the forests, rangelands, wetlands, wildlife, recreational fishing lakes, and multi-use trails on the US Air Force Academy, Farish Recreation Area, and Bullseye Auxiliary Airfield in Colorado Springs, CO. Their mission is, in support of the military education and training mission, to conserve and enhance the Air Force Academy’s natural resources through the application of sound science and proactive stewardship practices.

Key services:

  • forest and fuels management
  • forest health field surveys
  • hazard trees removal
  • wildfire suppression
  • prescribed fire operations
  • burn plan composition
  • forest stand exams
  • trees removal and mitigation
  • mastication treatments
  • defensible space treatments

Contact Joe Murphy at rudick_murphy@fws.gov.

To learn more, visit Home – Air Force Academy.

The Arkansas River Watershed Collaborative (ARWC) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that grew out of the process of wildfire and its effects on water and communities. As fires in the Arkansas River Basin and across the state were becoming more intense and frequent, the need for organized community and agency partnerships to address impacts and preserve the health of our watersheds became clear and urgent. ARWC is a response to these growing needs and a home for community-driven forest health, watershed health, and post-fire collaborative efforts. ARWC serves all 23,000 square miles of the Arkansas River Basin, reaching from Leadville to the Colorado-Kansas border.

Key services:

  • Forest mitigation: community engagement, education and implementation
  • Post-wildfire recovery: leadership, project development, education, implementation
  • Water quality & quantity: stream management plans, monitoring
  • Stakeholder engagement: Ark Basin Roundtable, water districts, municipalities, collaborative group, engagement, events, conferences & workshops

Contact Carrie Adair, Chief Operations Officer, at carriea@arkcollaborative.org.

Visit arkcollaborative.org to learn more.

Stay up to date with ARWC on Facebook.

Colorado Springs Forest Management Program manages the municipal watersheds for the city of Colorado Springs. The program utilizes hazard risk modeling and diverse partnerships to aid in the protection and management of forested environments within municipal watersheds. 

Contact Jeremy Taylor, Forest Program Manager, at jrtaylor@csu.org.

Visit csu.org to learn more.

The Tri-Lakes Monument Fire Protection District is a career fire department providing fire, rescue and emergency medical services to the Tri-Lakes and Monument regions of northern El Paso County. Their mission is to minimize the loss of life and property resulting from fires, medical emergencies, environmental and other disasters, which is accomplished through a progressive and professional system of personnel development, public education, fire suppression, code enforcement, medical services, and rescue skills. 

Key services:

  • home mitigation assessments
  • community chipping programs
  • community engagement
  • public presentations

Contact Jamey Bumgarner, Division Chief, at jbumgarner@tlmfire.org.

Visit tlmfire.org to learn more.

The Tri-Lakes United Methodist Church Emergency Preparedness Group (EPG) is a 2020 national award winner in the wildfire mitigation arena and has conducted numerous risk reduction projects. Since the EPG’s inception in 2012, they have organized and/or conducted 48 mitigation workdays assisting over 30 individual homeowners and provided support to 3 neighborhood chipping days to help about 60 more homeowners. In 2021, the EPG conducted a free Neighborhood Ambassadors course with 14 neighborhood groups across Colorado to help motivated residents to inform and organize neighbors and implement projects in their own neighborhoods. Tri-Lakes United Methodist Church EPG serves the Pikes Peak area.

Key services:

  • Community engagement
  • Resident and Community Mitigation
  • Safety and Evacuation

Contact Andre’ Mouton at epg@tlumc.org.

To sign up for emergency notifications in El Paso County, visit Peak Alerts.

For information on county burn restrictions and permitting, visit Ready Set Go.

Visit tlumc.org to learn more, or stay up to date with Tri-Lakes United Methodist Church Emergency Preparedness Group on Facebook.

Woodmoor Improvement Association (WIA) is a Home Owner Association for 3,100 homes in Monument, Colorado, encompassing around 2,000 acres of land serving approximately 9,000+ residents. Woodmoor lands includes forests of ponderosa pines, grassy meadows, and hilly areas with a wide variety of vegetation. Among other services, WIA manages Woodmoor’s award-winning Forestry and Firewise program.

Key services:

  • FireWise and forestry lot evaluations
  • Three free chipping events
  • Educational opportunities
  • Financial assistance

Contact Matthew Nelson, Covenants and Forestry Administrator, at matthew@woodmoor.org.

Visit woodmoor.org to learn more.

The Arkansas River Watershed Collaborative (ARWC) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that grew out of the process of wildfire and its effects on water and communities. As fires in the Arkansas River Basin and across the state were becoming more intense and frequent, the need for organized community and agency partnerships to address impacts and preserve the health of our watersheds became clear and urgent. ARWC is a response to these growing needs and a home for community-driven forest health, watershed health, and post-fire collaborative efforts. ARWC serves all 23,000 square miles of the Arkansas River Basin, reaching from Leadville to the Colorado-Kansas border.

Key services:

  • Forest mitigation: community engagement, education and implementation
  • Post-wildfire recovery: leadership, project development, education, implementation
  • Water quality & quantity: stream management plans, monitoring
  • Stakeholder engagement: Ark Basin Roundtable, water districts, municipalities, collaborative group, engagement, events, conferences & workshops

Contact Carrie Adair, Chief Operations Officer, at carriea@arkcollaborative.org.

Visit arkcollaborative.org to learn more.

Stay up to date with ARWC on Facebook.

Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers (RFOV) is dedicated to creating public lands stewards through volunteer trail work and landscape restoration in the Roaring Fork and Middle Colorado watersheds in Pitkin, Garfield, Eagle, and Gunnison Counties. Founded in 1995, the organization has focused primarily on riparian/riverine and littoral restoration. Following the 2018 Lake Christine Fire in Basalt, RFOV has begun to actively pursue post-fire restoration and pre-fire mitigation. RFOV engages with 100+ partnership organizations from government, non-profit, and business organizations that supplement our work with their expertise toward creating fire adapted communities.

Key services:

  • Wildfire Recovery: restoration of burned and degraded habitats
  • Community Engagement: recruiting volunteers for conservation and trail work
  • Landscape Treatments: riparian restoration

Contact Jacob Baker, Community & Engagement Manager, at jbaker@rfov.org.

Visit rfov.org to learn more.

Keep up to date with RFOV on Facebook and Instagram.

It is the mission of the Clear Creek Watershed & Forest Health Partnership to engage in collaborative, cross-jurisdictional planning and implementation of wildfire risk mitigation and forest health projects within the Clear Creek watershed. The Clear Creek Watershed spans from its western edge at the Continental Divide to the urbanized plains outside of Denver where Clear Creek joins the South Platte River. The entire watershed covers an area of 575 square miles, with 400 square miles located in the ‘upper’ watershed in the mountains west of Golden. Nearly two-thirds of the upper Clear Creek watershed lies within the Arapaho & Roosevelt National Forests and is administered by the Clear Creek Ranger District in Clear Creek, Gilpin, and Jefferson Counties.

Key Services:

  • Spatial fire planning
  • Community engagement
  • Wildfire response planning

Contact Kerry Major, Watershed Scientist, at kmajor@cityofgolden.net.

West Metro Fire Rescue is an accredited, all-hazard fire department serving the communities of Lakewood, Wheat Ridge, Morrision, and parts of unincorporated Jefferson and Douglas counties along the west/southwestern edge of the Denver metro area. The West Metro Fire Rescue family is committed to protecting the community’s quality of life through prevention, preparedness, and all-hazards emergency response. They have 17 fire stations, nearly 400 uniform personnel, and serve a population of roughly 250,000 across 110 square miles. Much of the western edge of the district is located in areas classified as wildland-urban interface or intermix.

Key services:

  • Wildfire Response: all members are qualified wildland firefighters, and are deployed with engines to wildfire assignments within Colorado and across the US
  • Resident & Community Mitigation: Firewise Community support and home assessments in collaboration with CSFS foresters, Community Engagement, Safety & Evacuation: educating and working with communities on evacuation planning and modeling
  • Collaboration: participation in Fire Adapted Communities Learning Network, Fire Adapted Colorado, and a new Fire Adapted Community work group in Jefferson County, in order to learn from others and implement best practices

Contact Lieutenant Steve Orr at sorr@westmetrofire.org.

Visit westmetrofire.org to learn more.

Grand County Wildfire Council (GCWC) is a non-profit, community-based educational outreach program for the residents and visitors of Grand County, Colorado. GCWC consists of members from local, state, and federal government agencies, the local fire departments, homeowner groups, local businesses, and concerned citizens. The mission of GCWC is through education and action, promote wildland fire prevention, preparedness, mitigation, and survival.

Key services:

  • community chipping days
  • cost-share reimbursement for private landowners to incentivize defensible space implementation and/or landscape-scale hazardous fuel reduction
  • reflective address sign replacement to assist emergency personnel
  • Wildfire Research(WiRe) team that performs rapid risk home assessments to promote fire adapted communities

Contact Schelly Olson, GCWC Board Chairperson, at bewildfireready@gmail.com.

Visit bewildfireready.org to learn more.

The East Grand County Fire Protection District No. 4 is dedicated to the preservation and protection of the residents and visitors to the Fraser Valley by providing volunteer firefighters with quality training, a strong fire prevention program, and up-to-date apparatus and equipment. East Grand County Fire Protection District serves the towns of Winter Park, Fraser, and Tabernash, CO.

Key services:

  • Defensible space: Free property wildfire hazard reviews.
  • Community Wildfire Protection Plans: Participation in CWPPs through planning and funding.
  • Wildfire response: Wildland firefighter crews are trained to combat wildfires

Contact Kristen Rybij, Office Manager, at krybij@eastgrandfire.com, or visit eastgrandfire.com to learn more.

To sign up for emergency notifications, visit CodeRedWeb.

For county burn restrictions and permitting information, visit Grand County Open Burning.

For structure risk assessment, contact Fire Chief Todd Holzwarth or Assistant Fire Marshal Ryan Mowrey.

Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers (RFOV) is dedicated to creating public lands stewards through volunteer trail work and landscape restoration in the Roaring Fork and Middle Colorado watersheds in Pitkin, Garfield, Eagle, and Gunnison Counties. Founded in 1995, the organization has focused primarily on riparian/riverine and littoral restoration. Following the 2018 Lake Christine Fire in Basalt, RFOV has begun to actively pursue post-fire restoration and pre-fire mitigation. RFOV engages with 100+ partnership organizations from government, non-profit, and business organizations that supplement our work with their expertise toward creating fire adapted communities.

Key services:

  • Wildfire Recovery: restoration of burned and degraded habitats
  • Community Engagement: recruiting volunteers for conservation and trail work
  • Landscape Treatments: riparian restoration

Contact Jacob Baker, Community & Engagement Manager, at jbaker@rfov.org.

Visit rfov.org to learn more.

Keep up to date with RFOV on Facebook and Instagram.

The primary mission of Gunnison County Emergency Management is to provide comprehensive emergency management services to Gunnison County agencies, first responders and citizens so they have the necessary tools, information and assistance to develop and implement effective mitigation, preparedness activities, and response and recovery plans.

Contact Scott Morrill, Emergency Manager, at smorrill@gunnisoncounty.org.

Visit Gunnison County Emergency Management to learn more.

The West Region Wildfire Council promotes wildfire preparedness, prevention and mitigation education throughout Delta, Gunnison, Hinsdale, Montrose, Ouray and San Miguel counties. West Region Wildfire Council’s mission is to mitigate loss due to wildfire in wildland urban interface communities while fostering interagency regional partnerships to help prepare counties, fire protection districts, communities and agencies to plan for and mitigate potential threats from wildfire.

Key services:

  • Risk Assessment & Planning:
    • develop Community Assessments
    • Community Wildfire Protection Plans
    • Rapid Wildfire Risk Assessments
    • associated efforts
  • Wildfire Fuels Reduction & Mitigation:
    • free site visits (home assessments)
    • homeowner mitigation recommendation reports
    • fuels reduction cost-share program
    • community chipping program

Contact Jamie Gomez, Executive Director, at Jamie.Gomez@cowildfire.org.

Visit cowildfire.org to learn more.

The 2-3-2 Cohesive Strategy Partnership (2-3-2) strives to work together to protect and preserve the forest health, water quality, wildlife habitat and communities within the San Juan, Chama and Rio Grande Watershed Landscapes. 2-3-2 implements a cohesive approach that supports a coordinated, landscape- scale effort that emphasizes public and private partnerships, bridges geographic boundaries and addresses agency management constraints to deliver integrated results that cannot be accomplished when working separately.

Key services:

  • Community and stakeholder engagement across boundaries
  • Leveraging of resources to amplify on-the-ground fuel mitigation and vegetation management efforts
  • Education and outreach about wildfire, prescribed fire, managed fire, and smoke

Contact Aaron Kimple, Co-Coordinator, at akimple@mountainstudies.org.

Visit 232partnership.org to learn more.

Stay up to date with 2-3-2 on Facebook.

The San Juan Headwaters Forest Health Partnership (SJHFHP) was established in 2009. The SJHFHP mission is to provide a forum to share stakeholder perspectives in order to develop science-based collaborative priorities for management and monitoring of forests in the Pagosa Ranger District of the San Juan National Forest in Southwestern Colorado.

Key services:

  • Community engagement: tours, online messaging, and resources on wildfire, prescribed fire, managed fire and smoke
  • Local decision maker and land manager engagement surrounding disaster planning, recreation development and messaging, fireshed and watershed connectivity

Contact Dana Hayward, Partnership Coordinator, at dana@mountainstudies.org.

To sign up for emergency notifications, visit Archuleta County Citizens Alert.

To learn about county burn restrictions and permitting information, visit Pagosa Fire permits.

Visit sanjuanheadwaters.org for more information, or stay up to date with SJHFHP on Facebook.

The West Region Wildfire Council promotes wildfire preparedness, prevention and mitigation education throughout Delta, Gunnison, Hinsdale, Montrose, Ouray and San Miguel counties. West Region Wildfire Council’s mission is to mitigate loss due to wildfire in wildland urban interface communities while fostering interagency regional partnerships to help prepare counties, fire protection districts, communities and agencies to plan for and mitigate potential threats from wildfire.

Key services:

  • Risk Assessment & Planning:
    • develop Community Assessments
    • Community Wildfire Protection Plans
    • Rapid Wildfire Risk Assessments
    • associated efforts
  • Wildfire Fuels Reduction & Mitigation:
    • free site visits (home assessments)
    • homeowner mitigation recommendation reports
    • fuels reduction cost-share program
    • community chipping program

Contact Jamie Gomez, Executive Director, at Jamie.Gomez@cowildfire.org.

Visit cowildfire.org to learn more.

The Arkansas River Watershed Collaborative (ARWC) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that grew out of the process of wildfire and its effects on water and communities. As fires in the Arkansas River Basin and across the state were becoming more intense and frequent, the need for organized community and agency partnerships to address impacts and preserve the health of our watersheds became clear and urgent. ARWC is a response to these growing needs and a home for community-driven forest health, watershed health, and post-fire collaborative efforts. ARWC serves all 23,000 square miles of the Arkansas River Basin, reaching from Leadville to the Colorado-Kansas border.

Key services:

  • Forest mitigation: community engagement, education and implementation
  • Post-wildfire recovery: leadership, project development, education, implementation
  • Water quality & quantity: stream management plans, monitoring
  • Stakeholder engagement: Ark Basin Roundtable, water districts, municipalities, collaborative group, engagement, events, conferences & workshops

Contact Carrie Adair, Chief Operations Officer, at carriea@arkcollaborative.org.

Visit arkcollaborative.org to learn more.

Stay up to date with ARWC on Facebook.

Spanish Peaks Alliance for Wildfire Protection (SPAWP) is a 501(c)(3) Colorado nonprofit with the mission to collaboratively protect the Spanish Peaks area and wildlife from the impact of destructive wildfire events. SPAWP facilitates collaboration of individuals, governmental agencies and organizations, and works to support fuel mitigation and fire recovery in Huerfano County and adjacent communities.

Key services:

  • access to grants and support for fuel mitigation program implementation
  • identification of critical areas for reduction of high-density fuels in surrounding forests
  • protection of high-value watersheds and creation of defensible space around homes, property, and infrastructure
  • public education on mitigation activities
  • support of Firewise Communities through outreach, funding, and training

Contact Janna Laudato, Board Member & Chair, at jmlaudato@gmail.com.

Visit spawp.org to learn more.

It is the mission of the Clear Creek Watershed & Forest Health Partnership to engage in collaborative, cross-jurisdictional planning and implementation of wildfire risk mitigation and forest health projects within the Clear Creek watershed. The Clear Creek Watershed spans from its western edge at the Continental Divide to the urbanized plains outside of Denver where Clear Creek joins the South Platte River. The entire watershed covers an area of 575 square miles, with 400 square miles located in the ‘upper’ watershed in the mountains west of Golden. Nearly two-thirds of the upper Clear Creek watershed lies within the Arapaho & Roosevelt National Forests and is administered by the Clear Creek Ranger District in Clear Creek, Gilpin, and Jefferson Counties.

Key Services:

  • Spatial fire planning
  • Community engagement
  • Wildfire response planning

Contact Kerry Major, Watershed Scientist, at kmajor@cityofgolden.net.

Coalition for the Upper South Platte is a watershed protection nonprofit focusing on forest ecological restoration and fuels mitigation, Fire Adapted Communities, wildfire restoration, water quality, trails, noxious weeds, and carbon offsets. CSUP serves 2600 square miles southwest of Denver and northwest of Colorado Springs, encompassing parts of Park, Clear Creek, Jefferson, Douglas, and Teller Counties. Their mission is to protect the water quality and ecological health of the Upper South Platte Watershed, through the collaborative efforts of watershed stakeholders with emphasis on community values and economic sustainability.

Key services:

  • Landscape Treatments: forest restoration and hazardous fuels reduction
  • Resident & Community Mitigation: defensible space and home hardening
  • Safety & Evacuation: improved ingress/egress
  • Community Engagement: community meetings and events

Contact Michelle Connelly, Operations Director, at michelle@cusp.ws.

Visit cusp.ws to learn more.

The Elk Creek Wildland division is an organization dedicated to implementing the goals of Fire Adapted Communities within and around its boundaries centered on Conifer, CO in Jefferson County. Elk Creek Fire Protection District’s mission is to encourage and promote fire safety and fire prevention, provide fire suppression and emergency medical services, and make the Elk Creek community a safe place to live, work and play.

Key services:

  • home assessments as part of the Wildfire Prepared Program
  • chipping program for residents in Elk Creek and Inter-Canyon Fire Districts
  • landscape-scale fuel mitigation projects and associated pile burns implemented by the Elk Creek Wildland Fire Suppression Module
  • support of organizations with similar goals (Upper South Platte Partnership, Rotary Wildfire Ready, Rocky Mountain Restoration Initiative, Jefferson County Wildfire Task Force)

Contact Benjamin Yellin, Wildland Captain, at byellin@elkcreekfire.org.

Visit elkcreekfire.org to learn more.

Rotary Wildfire Ready is a community-based project designed to increase wildfire awareness and education that serves Colorado Front Range communities including Bailey, Pine, Conifer, Evergreen, Genessee, and Lookout Mountain. Rotary Wildfire Ready is funded through the Evergreen Rotary Foundation, a 501(c)(3) Colorado nonprofit, and is comprised of a working group that includes the Rotary Clubs of Evergreen, Mountain Foothills, Conifer, and Community Leaders from Evergreen, Conifer, and Bailey, and local fire departments. The mission of Rotary Wildfire Ready is to increase wildfire awareness and preparedness in our mountain communities, and help make residents safer from the threat of wildfire.

Key services:

  • Community Engagement: community events and Neighborhood Ambassador Programs for community wildfire protection and implementation plans
  • Safety & Evacuation: promoting community sign-up for emergency alerts and evacuation preparedness
  • Resident Mitigation Education: on defensible space, home hardening, and promoting a fire resistant landscape

Contact Cindy Latham, Rotary Wildfire Ready Chair, at cindy@lathamconsultingservices.com.

Visit rotarywildfireready.com to learn more.

Stay up to date with Rotary Wildfire Ready on Facebook.

West Metro Fire Rescue is an accredited, all-hazard fire department serving the communities of Lakewood, Wheat Ridge, Morrision, and parts of unincorporated Jefferson and Douglas counties along the west/southwestern edge of the Denver metro area. The West Metro Fire Rescue family is committed to protecting the community’s quality of life through prevention, preparedness, and all-hazards emergency response. They have 17 fire stations, nearly 400 uniform personnel, and serve a population of roughly 250,000 across 110 square miles. Much of the western edge of the district is located in areas classified as wildland-urban interface or intermix.

Key services:

  • Wildfire Response: all members are qualified wildland firefighters, and are deployed with engines to wildfire assignments within Colorado and across the US
  • Resident & Community Mitigation: Firewise Community support and home assessments in collaboration with CSFS foresters, Community Engagement, Safety & Evacuation: educating and working with communities on evacuation planning and modeling
  • Collaboration: participation in Fire Adapted Communities Learning Network, Fire Adapted Colorado, and a new Fire Adapted Community work group in Jefferson County, in order to learn from others and implement best practices

Contact Lieutenant Steve Orr at sorr@westmetrofire.org.

Visit westmetrofire.org to learn more.

The Arkansas River Watershed Collaborative (ARWC) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that grew out of the process of wildfire and its effects on water and communities. As fires in the Arkansas River Basin and across the state were becoming more intense and frequent, the need for organized community and agency partnerships to address impacts and preserve the health of our watersheds became clear and urgent. ARWC is a response to these growing needs and a home for community-driven forest health, watershed health, and post-fire collaborative efforts. ARWC serves all 23,000 square miles of the Arkansas River Basin, reaching from Leadville to the Colorado-Kansas border.

Key services:

  • Forest mitigation: community engagement, education and implementation
  • Post-wildfire recovery: leadership, project development, education, implementation
  • Water quality & quantity: stream management plans, monitoring
  • Stakeholder engagement: Ark Basin Roundtable, water districts, municipalities, collaborative group, engagement, events, conferences & workshops

Contact Carrie Adair, Chief Operations Officer, at carriea@arkcollaborative.org.

Visit arkcollaborative.org to learn more.

Stay up to date with ARWC on Facebook.

The Arkansas River Watershed Collaborative (ARWC) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that grew out of the process of wildfire and its effects on water and communities. As fires in the Arkansas River Basin and across the state were becoming more intense and frequent, the need for organized community and agency partnerships to address impacts and preserve the health of our watersheds became clear and urgent. ARWC is a response to these growing needs and a home for community-driven forest health, watershed health, and post-fire collaborative efforts. ARWC serves all 23,000 square miles of the Arkansas River Basin, reaching from Leadville to the Colorado-Kansas border.

Key services:

  • Forest mitigation: community engagement, education and implementation
  • Post-wildfire recovery: leadership, project development, education, implementation
  • Water quality & quantity: stream management plans, monitoring
  • Stakeholder engagement: Ark Basin Roundtable, water districts, municipalities, collaborative group, engagement, events, conferences & workshops

Contact Carrie Adair, Chief Operations Officer, at carriea@arkcollaborative.org.

Visit arkcollaborative.org to learn more.

Stay up to date with ARWC on Facebook.

Wildfire Adapted Partnership (WAP) is a non-profit organization that inspires, motivates, educates and serves individuals, organizations and communities joining together to protect lives and property from wildfire. WAP has wildfire education and wildfire mitigation incentive programs serving Archuleta, Dolores, La Plata, Montezuma and San Juan counties in Southwest Colorado. WAP (formerly FireWise) has been providing wildfire education and supporting wildfire preparedness planning and implementation since 2003, and with the wonderful work of volunteers, WAP has made great strides to increase wildfire awareness and help residents learn to live safely with wildfire.

Key services:

  • Neighborhood Ambassador Program
  • Chipper Rebate
  • Defensible Space Cost Share
  • Community Assessments and Community Wildfire Protection Plans
  • Wildfire Education
  • Evacuation Planning

Contact Ashley Downing, Executive Director, at adowning@wildfireadapted.org.

Visit wildfireadapted.org to learn more.

Coalition for the Poudre River Watershed (CPRW) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit based in Fort Collins, CO, dedicated to improving and maintaining the ecological health of the Poudre River Watershed through community collaboration in Larimer County.

Key services:

  • stream and forest restoration on private land in the Poudre River watershed for:
    • wildfire mitigation
    • post-fire restoration
    • river resiliency
  • community outreach and education about watershed health and resilience

Contact Daniel Bowker, Forest and Fire Project Manager, at daniel@poudrewatershed.org.

Visit poudrewatershed.org to learn more.

Stay up to date with CPRW on Facebook and Instagram.

Estes Valley Watershed Coalition (EVWC) is a 501(c)(3) Colorado nonprofit that works to protect the natural resources in Estes Valley. The vision of EVWC is to protect and improve the waters, forests, and wildlife of the Estes Valley Watershed: the headwaters of the Northern Colorado Front Range. EVWC brings together diverse partners and uses sound science to protect and improve the waters, forests, and wildlife habitats of the Estes Valley by: undertaking projects that enhance the environment; educating residents and visitors, engaging and coordinating volunteers. 

Key services:

  • Collaboration with partners and the community on sustainable projects that benefit Estes Valley
  • Flood restoration projects
  • Community outreach and education
  • Wildfire mitigation

Contact Wilynn Formeller, Program & Development Coordinator, at wilynn.formeller@evwatershed.org.

Learn more at evwatershed.org.

Stay up to date with EVWC on Facebook and Instagram.

The Arkansas River Watershed Collaborative (ARWC) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that grew out of the process of wildfire and its effects on water and communities. As fires in the Arkansas River Basin and across the state were becoming more intense and frequent, the need for organized community and agency partnerships to address impacts and preserve the health of our watersheds became clear and urgent. ARWC is a response to these growing needs and a home for community-driven forest health, watershed health, and post-fire collaborative efforts. ARWC serves all 23,000 square miles of the Arkansas River Basin, reaching from Leadville to the Colorado-Kansas border.

Key services:

  • Forest mitigation: community engagement, education and implementation
  • Post-wildfire recovery: leadership, project development, education, implementation
  • Water quality & quantity: stream management plans, monitoring
  • Stakeholder engagement: Ark Basin Roundtable, water districts, municipalities, collaborative group, engagement, events, conferences & workshops

Contact Carrie Adair, Chief Operations Officer, at carriea@arkcollaborative.org.

Visit arkcollaborative.org to learn more.

Stay up to date with ARWC on Facebook.

The Arkansas River Watershed Collaborative (ARWC) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that grew out of the process of wildfire and its effects on water and communities. As fires in the Arkansas River Basin and across the state were becoming more intense and frequent, the need for organized community and agency partnerships to address impacts and preserve the health of our watersheds became clear and urgent. ARWC is a response to these growing needs and a home for community-driven forest health, watershed health, and post-fire collaborative efforts. ARWC serves all 23,000 square miles of the Arkansas River Basin, reaching from Leadville to the Colorado-Kansas border.

Key services:

  • Forest mitigation: community engagement, education and implementation
  • Post-wildfire recovery: leadership, project development, education, implementation
  • Water quality & quantity: stream management plans, monitoring
  • Stakeholder engagement: Ark Basin Roundtable, water districts, municipalities, collaborative group, engagement, events, conferences & workshops

Contact Carrie Adair, Chief Operations Officer, at carriea@arkcollaborative.org.

Visit arkcollaborative.org to learn more.

Stay up to date with ARWC on Facebook.

The mission of Grand Junction Fire Department (GJFD) is to serve the community through emergency response and risk reduction. GJFD actions will be guided by purpose-driven decisions supporting growth and safety while investing in relationships and continuous professional development.

Key services:

  • Wildfire response at local, state, and national level
  • Community engagement: education and outreach
  • b>Safety and evacuation: neighborhood evacuation drills
  • Landscape treatments: beginning in 2021 in the Colorado River corridor

Contact Ellis Thompson-Ellis, Outreach Specialist at ellist@gjcity.org.

To sign up for emergency notifications, visit GJCity Emergency Alerts.

To learn more about county burn restrictions and permitting information, visit Mesa County’s portal.

Visit Grand Junction Fire Department Page to learn more.

Two Rivers Wildfire Coalition is an interagency wildfire coalition, with the mission to work together to protect Mesa County communities and natural resources by bolstering wildfire preparedness, mitigation, response, and recovery efforts.

Key services:

  • Community engagement: education and outreach
  • Landscape treatments: coordinating treatments between agencies and connecting projects.

Contact Ellis Thompson-Ellis, Co-Chair, at ellist@gjcity.org.

To sign up for emergency notifications, visit GJCity Emergency Alerts.

To learn more about county burn restrictions and permitting information, visit Mesa County’s portal.

Visit tworiverswildfirecoalition.org to learn more.

The 2-3-2 Cohesive Strategy Partnership (2-3-2) strives to work together to protect and preserve the forest health, water quality, wildlife habitat and communities within the San Juan, Chama and Rio Grande Watershed Landscapes. 2-3-2 implements a cohesive approach that supports a coordinated, landscape- scale effort that emphasizes public and private partnerships, bridges geographic boundaries and addresses agency management constraints to deliver integrated results that cannot be accomplished when working separately.

Key services:

  • Community and stakeholder engagement across boundaries
  • Leveraging of resources to amplify on-the-ground fuel mitigation and vegetation management efforts
  • Education and outreach about wildfire, prescribed fire, managed fire, and smoke

Contact Aaron Kimple, Co-Coordinator, at akimple@mountainstudies.org.

Visit 232partnership.org to learn more.

Stay up to date with 2-3-2 on Facebook.

The San Juan Headwaters Forest Health Partnership (SJHFHP) was established in 2009. The SJHFHP mission is to provide a forum to share stakeholder perspectives in order to develop science-based collaborative priorities for management and monitoring of forests in the Pagosa Ranger District of the San Juan National Forest in Southwestern Colorado.

Key services:

  • Community engagement: tours, online messaging, and resources on wildfire, prescribed fire, managed fire and smoke
  • Local decision maker and land manager engagement surrounding disaster planning, recreation development and messaging, fireshed and watershed connectivity

Contact Dana Hayward, Partnership Coordinator, at dana@mountainstudies.org.

To sign up for emergency notifications, visit Archuleta County Citizens Alert.

To learn about county burn restrictions and permitting information, visit Pagosa Fire permits.

Visit sanjuanheadwaters.org for more information, or stay up to date with SJHFHP on Facebook.

The Dolores Watershed Resilient Forest (DWRF) Collaborative is a network of key stakeholders and community members working together to make our community more resilient to wildfires and other natural disaster events in the critical upper Dolores River watershed. DWRF emphasizes protection of lives, property, infrastructure and water supplies. Participants identify and capitalize upon tree-thinning and other practical fire-adaptive projects that complement and expand existing efforts within the 667,000 acre river basin. Our group has built a strong local partnership with consistently over 20 stakeholders attending monthly meetings over the last two and a half years. We have land and water managers, all levels of government, timber industry, environmental groups, and residents in addition to FireWise of Southwest Colorado and fire agencies. Our focus is on watershed wildfire protection. We have a completed Highly Valued Resources and Assets assessment of the watershed and an Automated Geospatial Watershed Assessment modelling post-fire runoff and erosion.

Key services:

  • Collaboratively implement forest management activities, including mapping and analyses, policy discussions, direct treatments, and adaptive management
  • Use the best available science to inform community preparedness and land management projects and decisions
  • Increase the capacity of the local forest products industry, and integrate them into forest treatment initiatives that reduce risk and enhance resilience
  • Better prepare for, respond to, and aid recovery from severe wildfire, post-fire effects, and other disturbances

Contact Rebecca Samulski at dwarfcollaborative@gmail.com.

Visit DWRF Collaborative to learn more.

Wildfire Adapted Partnership (WAP) is a non-profit organization that inspires, motivates, educates and serves individuals, organizations and communities joining together to protect lives and property from wildfire. WAP has wildfire education and wildfire mitigation incentive programs serving Archuleta, Dolores, La Plata, Montezuma and San Juan counties in Southwest Colorado. WAP (formerly FireWise) has been providing wildfire education and supporting wildfire preparedness planning and implementation since 2003, and with the wonderful work of volunteers, WAP has made great strides to increase wildfire awareness and help residents learn to live safely with wildfire.

Key services:

  • Neighborhood Ambassador Program
  • Chipper Rebate
  • Defensible Space Cost Share
  • Community Assessments and Community Wildfire Protection Plans
  • Wildfire Education
  • Evacuation Planning

Contact Ashley Downing, Executive Director, at adowning@wildfireadapted.org.

Visit wildfireadapted.org to learn more.

The West Region Wildfire Council promotes wildfire preparedness, prevention and mitigation education throughout Delta, Gunnison, Hinsdale, Montrose, Ouray and San Miguel counties. West Region Wildfire Council’s mission is to mitigate loss due to wildfire in wildland urban interface communities while fostering interagency regional partnerships to help prepare counties, fire protection districts, communities and agencies to plan for and mitigate potential threats from wildfire.

Key services:

  • Risk Assessment & Planning:
    • develop Community Assessments
    • Community Wildfire Protection Plans
    • Rapid Wildfire Risk Assessments
    • associated efforts
  • Wildfire Fuels Reduction & Mitigation:
    • free site visits (home assessments)
    • homeowner mitigation recommendation reports
    • fuels reduction cost-share program
    • community chipping program

Contact Jamie Gomez, Executive Director, at Jamie.Gomez@cowildfire.org.

Visit cowildfire.org to learn more.

The Arkansas River Watershed Collaborative (ARWC) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that grew out of the process of wildfire and its effects on water and communities. As fires in the Arkansas River Basin and across the state were becoming more intense and frequent, the need for organized community and agency partnerships to address impacts and preserve the health of our watersheds became clear and urgent. ARWC is a response to these growing needs and a home for community-driven forest health, watershed health, and post-fire collaborative efforts. ARWC serves all 23,000 square miles of the Arkansas River Basin, reaching from Leadville to the Colorado-Kansas border.

Key services:

  • Forest mitigation: community engagement, education and implementation
  • Post-wildfire recovery: leadership, project development, education, implementation
  • Water quality & quantity: stream management plans, monitoring
  • Stakeholder engagement: Ark Basin Roundtable, water districts, municipalities, collaborative group, engagement, events, conferences & workshops

Contact Carrie Adair, Chief Operations Officer, at carriea@arkcollaborative.org.

Visit arkcollaborative.org to learn more.

Stay up to date with ARWC on Facebook.

The West Region Wildfire Council promotes wildfire preparedness, prevention and mitigation education throughout Delta, Gunnison, Hinsdale, Montrose, Ouray and San Miguel counties. West Region Wildfire Council’s mission is to mitigate loss due to wildfire in wildland urban interface communities while fostering interagency regional partnerships to help prepare counties, fire protection districts, communities and agencies to plan for and mitigate potential threats from wildfire.

Key services:

  • Risk Assessment & Planning:
    • develop Community Assessments
    • Community Wildfire Protection Plans
    • Rapid Wildfire Risk Assessments
    • associated efforts
  • Wildfire Fuels Reduction & Mitigation:
    • free site visits (home assessments)
    • homeowner mitigation recommendation reports
    • fuels reduction cost-share program
    • community chipping program

Contact Jamie Gomez, Executive Director, at Jamie.Gomez@cowildfire.org.

Visit cowildfire.org to learn more.

Coalition for the Upper South Platte is a watershed protection nonprofit focusing on forest ecological restoration and fuels mitigation, Fire Adapted Communities, wildfire restoration, water quality, trails, noxious weeds, and carbon offsets. CSUP serves 2600 square miles southwest of Denver and northwest of Colorado Springs, encompassing parts of Park, Clear Creek, Jefferson, Douglas, and Teller Counties. Their mission is to protect the water quality and ecological health of the Upper South Platte Watershed, through the collaborative efforts of watershed stakeholders with emphasis on community values and economic sustainability.

Key services:

  • Landscape Treatments: forest restoration and hazardous fuels reduction
  • Resident & Community Mitigation: defensible space and home hardening
  • Safety & Evacuation: improved ingress/egress
  • Community Engagement: community meetings and events

Contact Michelle Connelly, Operations Director, at michelle@cusp.ws.

Visit cusp.ws to learn more.

Fire Adapted Bailey is a 501(c)(3) Colorado nonprofit corporation affiliated with Fire Adapted Colorado, serving north Park County from Woodside to Kenosha Pass. Fire Adapted Bailey has a working group comprised of:

  • Five active Bailey area Firewise communities
  • Platte Canyon Fire Protection District
  • Platte Canyon Fire Protection District Wildland Fire Module
  • Elk Creek Fire Protection District
  • Coalition for the Upper South Platte
  • Park County Department of Emergency Management

Key services:

  • Wildfire hazard and response
  • Assessment of community values at risk
  • Assessment of residential and commercial properties at risk
  • Assessment of current state of mitigation plans, activities, & resources
  • Assessment of current state of wildfire mitigation & risk reduction programs
  • Resources and mitigation funding
  • Public engagement efforts & partnerships

Contact Robin Davis, Secretary/Treasurer, at robin.davis1949.1960@gmail.com.

Visit fireadaptedbailey.org to learn more.

Sign up for emergency notifications with CodeRed.

For resources on burn restrictions, permitting information, and structure risk assessments, visit Platte Canyon FPD Services page.

Platte Canyon Fire Department is a full-service fire agency committed to serving the Bailey community. As a combination department with approximately 13 career firefighter/medics, 22 volunteer firefighters, 10 wildland fire crew members, we respond to medical emergencies, structure and wildland fires, traffic accidents, swift water and ice rescues, HazMat, and more.

Key services:

  • Resident and community mitigation
  • wildfire response
  • plans and regulations
  • landscape fuel treatments
  • community engagement

Contact Shelby Edwards, Wildland Fire Module Leader, at sedwards.pcwfm@gmail.com.

Visit plattecanyonfire.com to learn more.

Rotary Wildfire Ready is a community-based project designed to increase wildfire awareness and education that serves Colorado Front Range communities including Bailey, Pine, Conifer, Evergreen, Genessee, and Lookout Mountain. Rotary Wildfire Ready is funded through the Evergreen Rotary Foundation, a 501(c)(3) Colorado nonprofit, and is comprised of a working group that includes the Rotary Clubs of Evergreen, Mountain Foothills, Conifer, and Community Leaders from Evergreen, Conifer, and Bailey, and local fire departments. The mission of Rotary Wildfire Ready is to increase wildfire awareness and preparedness in our mountain communities, and help make residents safer from the threat of wildfire.

Key services:

  • Community Engagement: community events and Neighborhood Ambassador Programs for community wildfire protection and implementation plans
  • Safety & Evacuation: promoting community sign-up for emergency alerts and evacuation preparedness
  • Resident Mitigation Education: on defensible space, home hardening, and promoting a fire resistant landscape

Contact Cindy Latham, Rotary Wildfire Ready Chair, at cindy@lathamconsultingservices.com.

Visit rotarywildfireready.com to learn more.

West Metro Fire Rescue is an accredited, all-hazard fire department serving the communities of Lakewood, Wheat Ridge, Morrision, and parts of unincorporated Jefferson and Douglas counties along the west/southwestern edge of the Denver metro area. The West Metro Fire Rescue family is committed to protecting the community’s quality of life through prevention, preparedness, and all-hazards emergency response. They have 17 fire stations, nearly 400 uniform personnel, and serve a population of roughly 250,000 across 110 square miles. Much of the western edge of the district is located in areas classified as wildland-urban interface or intermix.

Key services:

  • Wildfire Response: all members are qualified wildland firefighters, and are deployed with engines to wildfire assignments within Colorado and across the US
  • Resident & Community Mitigation: Firewise Community support and home assessments in collaboration with CSFS foresters, Community Engagement, Safety & Evacuation: educating and working with communities on evacuation planning and modeling
  • Collaboration: participation in Fire Adapted Communities Learning Network, Fire Adapted Colorado, and a new Fire Adapted Community work group in Jefferson County, in order to learn from others and implement best practices

Contact Lieutenant Steve Orr at sorr@westmetrofire.org.

Visit westmetrofire.org to learn more.

Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers (RFOV) is dedicated to creating public lands stewards through volunteer trail work and landscape restoration in the Roaring Fork and Middle Colorado watersheds in Pitkin, Garfield, Eagle, and Gunnison Counties. Founded in 1995, the organization has focused primarily on riparian/riverine and littoral restoration. Following the 2018 Lake Christine Fire in Basalt, RFOV has begun to actively pursue post-fire restoration and pre-fire mitigation. RFOV engages with 100+ partnership organizations from government, non-profit, and business organizations that supplement our work with their expertise toward creating fire adapted communities.

Key services:

  • Wildfire Recovery: restoration of burned and degraded habitats
  • Community Engagement: recruiting volunteers for conservation and trail work
  • Landscape Treatments: riparian restoration

Contact Jacob Baker, Community & Engagement Manager, at jbaker@rfov.org.

Visit rfov.org to learn more.

Keep up to date with RFOV on Facebook and Instagram.

The Pitkin County Sheriff’s office includes the Emergency Management department, whose mission is to promote public safety and emergency response in their communities.

Key services:

  • Homeowner resources for mitigation including defensible space, home hardening, and evacuation.
  • Public education
  • Community outreach

Contact Valerie MacDonald, Emergency Manager, at valerie.macdonald@pitkinsheriff.com.

To sign up for emergency notifications, visit pitkinalert.org.

Visit Pitkin County’s Emergency Management site to learn more.

The Arkansas River Watershed Collaborative (ARWC) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that grew out of the process of wildfire and its effects on water and communities. As fires in the Arkansas River Basin and across the state were becoming more intense and frequent, the need for organized community and agency partnerships to address impacts and preserve the health of our watersheds became clear and urgent. ARWC is a response to these growing needs and a home for community-driven forest health, watershed health, and post-fire collaborative efforts. ARWC serves all 23,000 square miles of the Arkansas River Basin, reaching from Leadville to the Colorado-Kansas border.

Key services:

  • Forest mitigation: community engagement, education and implementation
  • Post-wildfire recovery: leadership, project development, education, implementation
  • Water quality & quantity: stream management plans, monitoring
  • Stakeholder engagement: Ark Basin Roundtable, water districts, municipalities, collaborative group, engagement, events, conferences & workshops

Contact Carrie Adair, Chief Operations Officer, at carriea@arkcollaborative.org.

Visit arkcollaborative.org to learn more.

Stay up to date with ARWC on Facebook.

The Arkansas River Watershed Collaborative (ARWC) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that grew out of the process of wildfire and its effects on water and communities. As fires in the Arkansas River Basin and across the state were becoming more intense and frequent, the need for organized community and agency partnerships to address impacts and preserve the health of our watersheds became clear and urgent. ARWC is a response to these growing needs and a home for community-driven forest health, watershed health, and post-fire collaborative efforts. ARWC serves all 23,000 square miles of the Arkansas River Basin, reaching from Leadville to the Colorado-Kansas border.

Key services:

  • Forest mitigation: community engagement, education and implementation
  • Post-wildfire recovery: leadership, project development, education, implementation
  • Water quality & quantity: stream management plans, monitoring
  • Stakeholder engagement: Ark Basin Roundtable, water districts, municipalities, collaborative group, engagement, events, conferences & workshops

Contact Carrie Adair, Chief Operations Officer, at carriea@arkcollaborative.org.

Visit arkcollaborative.org to learn more.

Stay up to date with ARWC on Facebook.

The 2-3-2 Cohesive Strategy Partnership (2-3-2) strives to work together to protect and preserve the forest health, water quality, wildlife habitat and communities within the San Juan, Chama and Rio Grande Watershed Landscapes. 2-3-2 implements a cohesive approach that supports a coordinated, landscape- scale effort that emphasizes public and private partnerships, bridges geographic boundaries and addresses agency management constraints to deliver integrated results that cannot be accomplished when working separately.

Key services:

  • Community and stakeholder engagement across boundaries
  • Leveraging of resources to amplify on-the-ground fuel mitigation and vegetation management efforts
  • Education and outreach about wildfire, prescribed fire, managed fire, and smoke

Contact Aaron Kimple, Co-Coordinator, at akimple@mountainstudies.org.

Visit 232partnership.org to learn more.

Stay up to date with 2-3-2 on Facebook.

Wildfire Adapted Partnership (WAP) is a non-profit organization that inspires, motivates, educates and serves individuals, organizations and communities joining together to protect lives and property from wildfire. WAP has wildfire education and wildfire mitigation incentive programs serving Archuleta, Dolores, La Plata, Montezuma and San Juan counties in Southwest Colorado. WAP (formerly FireWise) has been providing wildfire education and supporting wildfire preparedness planning and implementation since 2003, and with the wonderful work of volunteers, WAP has made great strides to increase wildfire awareness and help residents learn to live safely with wildfire.

Key services:

  • Neighborhood Ambassador Program
  • Chipper Rebate
  • Defensible Space Cost Share
  • Community Assessments and Community Wildfire Protection Plans
  • Wildfire Education
  • Evacuation Planning

Contact Ashley Downing, Executive Director, at adowning@wildfireadapted.org.

Visit wildfireadapted.org to learn more.

The West Region Wildfire Council promotes wildfire preparedness, prevention and mitigation education throughout Delta, Gunnison, Hinsdale, Montrose, Ouray and San Miguel counties. West Region Wildfire Council’s mission is to mitigate loss due to wildfire in wildland urban interface communities while fostering interagency regional partnerships to help prepare counties, fire protection districts, communities and agencies to plan for and mitigate potential threats from wildfire.

Key services:

  • Risk Assessment & Planning:
    • develop Community Assessments
    • Community Wildfire Protection Plans
    • Rapid Wildfire Risk Assessments
    • associated efforts
  • Wildfire Fuels Reduction & Mitigation:
    • free site visits (home assessments)
    • homeowner mitigation recommendation reports
    • fuels reduction cost-share program
    • community chipping program

Contact Jamie Gomez, Executive Director, at Jamie.Gomez@cowildfire.org.

Visit cowildfire.org to learn more.

The San Miguel Sheriff’s Office focuses on public safety, peace keeping, wildland fire suppression, and search and rescue. The mission of San Miguel County Emergency Management is to support the community’s disaster preparedness, response, recovery and mitigation needs through the coordination of information and resources.

Key services:

  • Wildfire response
  • Public information/education
  • Community preparedness plans

Contact Jennifer Dinsmore, Emergency Management Coordinator, at jenniferd@sanmiguelsheriff.org.

To sign up for emergency notifications, visit CodeRedWeb.

Visit sanmiguelsheriff.org to learn more.