Wildfire mitigation and education

What is Wildfire Mitigation?

As more people build homes, operate businesses and recreate in areas where natural vegetation meets human improvements, wildfire threats to life and property increase. Wildfire mitigation actions are on-the-ground treatments of properties implemented to reduce the chance of a wildfire causing damage. The Colorado State Forest Service (CSFS) is the lead state agency for fuels mitigation expertise in Colorado and an excellent resource for residents who want to gain more information and take steps to decrease the threat of wildfire where it matters most to them.

Are You At Risk?

More than 3 million Coloradans live in the wildland-urban interface (WUI). Are you one of them? The wildland-urban interface is any area where man-made improvements are built close to, or within, flammable vegetation. If you live in the WUI, you are at risk.

How Can the CSFS Help?

The Colorado State Forest Service (CSFS) develops educational materials and supports programs that help residents and communities take action to reduce their wildfire risk. As part of Colorado’s Forest Action Plan, the CSFS and its partners identified goals and strategies for living with wildfire in Colorado. These include encouraging development  of fire-adapted communities through increasing the pace and scale of wildfire risk reduction activities. The CSFS provides a variety of programs and resources for residents and communities working to achieve this goal. Remember that protecting a home, property and a community from wildfire is not a one-time effort. It is a process and requires ongoing participation, maintenance and shared responsibility. The following programs and resources are tools that can help residents and communities begin the process of reducing their wildfire risk.