2023 Annual Report: Reflections in the Rearview Mirror

Ellis Thompson Grand Junction Fire & Two Rivers Wildfire Coalition This Annual Report highlights 2023 as a year of growth and service by Fire Adapted Colorado. In this report: Learn… learn more >

Empowering Wildfire Resilience: FACO Opportunity Funds’ Impact in 2023

The Fire Adapted Colorado Wildfire Resilience Opportunity Fund played a crucial role in supporting participants within the FACO network again in 2023. With the support of BLM Colorado, Colorado State… learn more >

Clearing the Air: Smoke Ready Colorado

With an emphasis on prescribed fire, The Ember Alliance, Fire Adapted Colorado, and the Colorado Prescribed Fire Council, with funding support from the US DOI Bureau of Land Management, have… learn more >

Insights and Inspirations

Themes from the Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Workshop in Santa Fe, NM Rebecca Samulski, Executive Director Fire Adapted Colorado The 6th annual National Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Workshop took place… learn more >

Development Director Position

Fire Adapted Colorado is seeking a motivated fundraiser and grant writer to serve as a Development Director and to become part of our team that helps Coloradans navigate wildfire resilience… learn more >

Bridging the Gap: Innovations in Communication using StoryMaps

Byline: FACO Training & Network Specialist Lara Thomas I found myself amid the bustling Sustaining Colorado Watersheds Conference poster session amongst a myriad of engaging presentations on watershed conservation issues,… learn more >

Minimizing Risk; Completing IncidentObjectives

It’s an understatement to simply say that social dynamics are a critical part of fire management, and one aspect critical to improving outcomes is understanding how internal organizational factors interact… learn more >

Re-enforcing Resiliency at All Levels

“Community resilience is the sustainability of a community to use available resources to respond to, withstand and recover from adverse situations.” (Wikipedia) “To withstand” wildfires and other disasters and become… learn more >

Smoke Signals of Hope

I was recently immersed in Stephen Pyne’s Pyrocene, when adaptive management strategies that include an intentional patchwork of crown-fire burning in boreal forests caught my attention as fires across Canada… learn more >

Live Wildfire Ready

Tracy LeClair – PIO1/PIOC, CO-CEM® Communications & Outreach Specialist Wildland Fire Management Section Colorado Division of Fire Prevention & Control   Live Wildfire Ready is a new campaign in Colorado designed to inform homeowners… learn more >

Wildland Fire Conference on Tap in FoCo!

This year’s Colorado Wildland Fire Conference is sold out with over 300 registrants and 36 exhibitor spaces. After many long months of planning, the 2023 Conference planning team is bringing… learn more >

FACO Members earn 2023 IAFC Wildfire Mitigation Awards

Exemplary Commitment to Community Wildfire Risk Reduction  Eagle County, Colorado The IAFC Wildfire Mitigation Awards committee has named one individual and one organization to receive it’s 2023 Wildfire Mitigation Awards.… learn more >

Growing Wildfire Adaptation: The Case of Two Rivers

Fire Adapted Colorado and our membership of wildfire resilience leaders in Colorado are growing in tandem. In the past several years, wildfire collaborative groups have coalesced around the state. New(ish)… learn more >

Reflections, Resources, and Hope

BY REBECCAFIREADAPTEDCOORG ON DECEMBER 14, 2022 It’s been nearly a year since the Marshall fire caused unprecedented wildfire destruction in Boulder County.  Only two years ago the East Troublesome Fire destroyed 366 homes,… learn more >

“Building a FAC Ambassador Approach” workshop

Building Your FAC Ambassador Approach Workshop Boulder, COFeb. 27 full dayFeb. 28, 1/2 dayCost: $40 Apply to attendApply to attend Fire Adapted Colorado, Wildfire Adapted Partnership, and Boulder Watershed Collective… learn more >

Conference Registration Open

      Registration for the Colorado Wildland Fire Conference in Fort Collins April 10-14 is now open!     www.wildfire-colorado.com    Early bird registration is $325 / $275 after… learn more >

SPAWP Collaborative Efforts Address Wildfire Risk

FACO network members, the Spanish Peaks Alliance for Wildfire Protection (SPAWP) hosted a Summer Community Education and Training Program, including a community-wide meeting on August 27th, at the Cuchara Community Center in… learn more >

FACO Members take WMA Honors

March 22, 2022 FACO Members take WMA Honors Paul Cada and Schelly Olson, 2022 WMA award winners from Colorado The 2022 Wildfire Mitigation Award (WMA) winners were announced this week… learn more >

Wildfire risk not disclosed in most home sales

This NPR article features Fire Adapted Colorado’s Board Chair and Eagle County, Colorado Wildfire Mitigation Coordinator, Eric Lovgren, sharing about their RealFire Program

An Ambassador by Any Name Doth Broaden Wildfire Resilience: re-post from FAC Net Blog by FACO Director

This story highlights the efforts to leverage neighborhood volunteers to lead wildfire preparedness. Wildfire Mitigation Professionals and neighborhood leaders across Colorado and the country are building upon the model of Wildfire Adapted Partnership Neighborhood Ambassadors (southwest CO).

Community Adaptation, Landscape Resilience, and Safe & Effective Response for COVID-19

This story shares how adapting to COVID-19 resembles the strategy for adapting to wildfire.

Reflections on 2019 from Vail and Beyond

Vail Fire’s Paul Cada shares about his 2019 FAC experience and gives a salute to the year ahead. Paul is on the board of Fire Adapted Colorado.

Non-profit Funding Blues: Lessons Learned in Funding Wildfire Resilience in southwest Colorado: FAC Learning Network re-post

This is an excellent national FAC Learning Network blog post from Bill Trimarco, Fire Adapted Colorado member with Wildfire Adapted Partnership in Archuleta County, CO. Do you have the wildfire… learn more >

Full Circle: From Nine Year Old Tree Hugger to Creating Opportunities to Coexist with Wildfires

A full circle autobiographical story by Fire Adapted Colorado’s Executive Director encourages support for FACO’s Opportunity Fund.

Fulfilling The Burning Need To Engage More People In Prescribed Fire

Wildfire Adapted Partnership’s, Alex Graf, shares his experience with cross-boundary education, implementing Prescribed Fire Tours in 2019 in partnership with the San Juan National Forest.

Fire Adapted Colorado’s Opportunity Fund:

Fire Adapted Colorado’s Opportunity Fund grants go along way to supporting community fire adaptation around the state. This post shares a little about recently funded projects.

Routt County: Organizing Colorado’s Newest Effort at Community Fire Adaptation

View from the Colorado Multi-Mission Aircraft of the Silver Creek Fire plume, Sept. 2018 In 2018, the Silver Creek Fire, northwest of Kremmling had ignited and been burning within containment… learn more >

A STATEWIDE COHESIVE STRATEGY CONVENING

This is the story of a Colorado Cohesive Strategy convening, and how it came together in three months.

Professionals Launch and Grow Their Neighborhood Volunteer Approaches

Last week,  twenty-three participants attended the first ever Fire Adapted Communities Ambassador Approach workshop in Durango. This workshop was co-hosted by Fire Adapted Colorado and Widlfire Adapted Partnership in Durango… learn more >

Holiday Spirit and Wildfire Risk Reduction Go Saw-in-Hand

2018/12/Christmas- As wildfire preparedness professionals we are used to seeing and marking small trees, often in the understory, to be removed as part of fuels reduction projects. West Region Wildfire… learn more >

Opportunity Fund Supports FACO Members

Fire Adapted Colorado has a wide range of members, from organizations dedicated entirely to helping their ‘whole community‘ prepare for wildfire to agencies and businesses for which wildfire preparedness is… learn more >

Local Solutions

For those of you that know me, I bet you can hear my voice within this article. For those that don’t I think this article does a pretty good job… learn more >

The Fire That Wasn’t

by Ludie Bond and Lorena Williams Bayfield – On June 1, 2018 during yet another hot, dry and windy day, fire crews from the San Juan National Forest and local cooperators… learn more >

Fire Adapted Colorado’s First Opportunity Fund Awards a Success

FACO’s Opportunity Fund supported six FACO member projects including three community events, one countywide planning project, branding materials for a collaborative effort, and a regional homeowner engagement project. We are… learn more >

Member Spotlight – Todd Holzwarth

Periodically we will be highlighting FACO members and the great work that they are doing across the state. At the end of each Member Spotlight, we ask a question to… learn more >

Elkhorn Creek Forest Health Initiative-Forest Restoration Through Collaboration

Written by Weston Toll with the Coalition for the Poudre River Watershed Collaboration (noun): the action of working with someone to produce or create something. Collaborating on a project is… learn more >

An Interview with Pam Wilson

Pam Wilson has been the Chair of Fire Adapted Colorado (FACO) for the past three years and has played an integral role in forming this organization. She is retiring from… learn more >

The Art and Science of Home Wildfire Evaluation

AUG 10, 2017 The Art and Science of Home Wildfire Evaluations Author: Wendy Fulks, with contributions from Eric Lovgren This past spring, FAC Net asked our members some questions about… learn more >

Colorado Loses a Dear Friend

Christina Marie Randall passed away on March 19, 2017. She was born to Henry and Helga Randall, February 28, 1965 at Scott Air Force Base, in St. Clair County, Illinois.… learn more >

Fire and Water – Colorado State Forest Service Releases the 2016 Forest Health Report

The 16th annual report on the health of Colorado’s forests, prepared for the Colorado General Assembly, citizens and others, provides credible, scientifically based information to encourage public dialogue regarding the future… learn more >