The La Veta Field Office works with federal, state and local agencies in Huerfano and Las Animas counties to help mitigate the hazards of wildfire to communities. We provide technical assistance and funding for wildfire mitigation around homes and in communities.

La Veta wildfire mitigation

Protect your Home, Property and Forest

Homeowners can take steps to protect their property and help alleviate the spread of wildland fires. Preventive measures include clearing excess fuel, creating defensible space around their homes and using FireWise practices.

Home Ignition Zone

Due to the arid climate and fire-dependent forests in Colorado, many homeowners and landowners may be particularly vulnerable to wildfires. It is important to keep this threat in mind when buying or building a home. Two factors have emerged as the primary determinants of a home’s ability to survive wildfires: choosing fire-resistant roofing material and creating a wildfire defensible zone. Fire-resistant roofing material should be rated class C or higher when building a home in, or near, forests or grasslands. Avoid flammable materials such as wood or shake shingles.

When creating a defensible zone, choose vegetation wisely. Maintain a greenbelt (irrigated, if possible) immediately around your home with grass, a flower garden and/or fire-resistant ornamental shrubbery. An alternative is rock or other non-combustible material that may be preferable if your home is constructed with wood or other flammable materials. Avoid using bark or wood chip mulch in this zone.

For more information about preparing your home for wildfire and creating defensible space, view our Home Ignition Zone Guide (2.7 MB PDF) and by calling the La Veta Field Office for more assistance.

Additional Information on making your property more defensible:

Community Wildfire Protection Plans

A Community Wildfire Protection Plans or CWPP brings together diverse local interests to discuss their mutual concern for public safety, community sustainability and natural resources. It offers a positive, solution-oriented environment in which to address challenges such as local firefighting capability, the need for defensible space around homes and subdivisions, and where and how to prioritize land management on both federal and non-federal land.

Many communities in the La Veta area are actively implementing CWPPs. Visit the Colorado CWPPs web page to view the CWPPs in Huerfano and Las Animas counties or contact your local fire protection district. Please call our office with any questions.