Resources for Residents
Below you will find straightforward resources to prepare your home and family to Live Wildfire Ready.
Colorado Wildfire Mitigation Professionals understand that being prepared for emergencies in Colorado can be daunting. That’s why we are recommending these simple steps you can take to prepare your property and family for a wildfire, or other emergency.
As disasters become more frequent and the threat of wildfire more prevalent in Colorado, it is important to take steps before an emergency, to reduce risk, and to protect your life, health and property. Don’t get caught in the trap of unrealistic expectations when it comes to living with inevitable wildfires in Colorado.
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Visit our Smoke Ready resouce section to learn how to protect yourself and your family by preparing for wildfire and prescribed fire smoke in Colorado.
Visit our Wildfire Ready resource section to learn which essential steps you should take now to prepare your family and your property for wildfires in Colorado.
Visit our Resident Mitigation resource section to learn how to harden your home and maintain adequate defensible space around to structures on your property.
Visit this page to learn what you need to know about receiving evacuation notifications where you live and travel in Colorado. It’s more complicated than you may think.
Resources for Practitioners
Below you will find resources geared towards Colorado’s wildland fire mitigation professionals, ….
FAC Framework with Colorado Resources
This graphic was designed by the Fire Adapted Communities Learning Network, to help explain the fire adapted communities (FAC) concept.
Reference the links below for resources for each FAC framework component, including many Colorado tailor-made resources. Remember that every community’s journey to living better with fire is unique.
Designed as an aid for explaining the concept of living with wildfire, this graphic can be downloaded in English and Spanish from FAC Net along with a facilitation guide.
- Understanding CWPPs in Colorado (CSFS)
- Learn more about CWPPS (CSFS)
- Colorado Forest Atlas – Portal (CSFS)
- Integrating CWPPs into Natural Hazard Mitigation Plans (FEMA)
- Creating a CWPP (FEMA)
- Planning for Hazards: Land Use Solutions for Colorado (DOLA)
- Planning the Wildland-Urban Interface (APA)
- Spatial Fire Planning (USGS)
- Building Code Documents (FEMA)
- Protect Your Home (CSFS)
- NFPA Firewise USA®
- The Home Ignition Zone (CSFS)
- What Motivates Homeowners to Mitigate Wildfire Risk? Lessons from Social Science (RMRS video McCaffrey)
- Community Assessment Template (Wildfire Adapted Partnership)
- Nudging: A Very Short Guide (Harvard.edu)
- Radiant Heat versus Firebrands video (Cohen)
- Future Avoided Costs Explorer: Hazards (CWCB)
Community Navigator Program
Fire Adapted Colorado is working with the Fire Adapted Communities Learning Network, and Coalitions and Collaboratives to provide recourses through this new mentoring program.
Resources for Network Participants
Fire Adapted Colorado Network Participants have access to both our public resources and resources curated specifically for the FACO Network. Designed by mitigation specialists, FACO leverages connections to improve the performance and results of its members representing wildfire councils, watershed and fireshed collaboratives, fire departments and districts; and county/local governments working on fire adaptation in their communities.
Leveraging Network Connections
Leveraging the work of others involves using the resources, knowledge, and expertise of other wildfire mitigation specialists to achieve your goals. You can also leverage other people’s abilities to achieve your goals. Building relationships that support the collaborative efforts of these and other partners to create better wildfire outcomes for Colorado communities and landscapes is a key component of transformational social networks, such as Fire Adapted Colorado (FACO), that act as a connecting force in Colorado. It is important to note that leveraging the work of others should be done ethically and with respect for their time and effort.
Engaging with Respect, Leveraging Connections, Expertise and Resources, and Supporting Network Functions are expectations of FACO Network participation. In addition to the many resources in our shared Google drive, participants can connect with others during online networking space, bi-monthly network calls, and topical communities of practice. Benefits of the network include increasing our collective knowledge, discounted learning and exclusive learning opportunities, and capacity building and funding opportunities. Learn more about joining Colorado’s Network for Wildfire Resilience.
Communities of Practice (CoPs)
Fire Adapted Colorado supports several communities of practice, including:
- WiRē CoP
- Wood Utilization CoP
- Post-Fire CoP
- Wildland Fire Leaders Group
- Neighborhood Ambassador Approach (NAA) CoP
Visit our Members Only Resource Library, where FACO Network participants contribute and leverage their collective resources; including templates so one doesn’t have to start from scratch, sample plans, research, quick guides, organizational documents, job descriptions, presentations, photos, shared messaging, and more. This curated library is designed to increase efficiency by helping members quickly find knowledge and borrow resources.