Homeowners, landowners and communities bear the ultimate responsibility to help protect themselves, their property and their local values at risk from the threat of wildland fire.
Protect your Home, Property & Forest from Wildfire
The Woodland Park Field Office works with county planners to mitigate wildfire hazards and is an active participant in the Pikes Peak Wildfire Prevention Partners.
Homeowners can take a number of steps to protect their property and help alleviate the spread of wildland fires. Preventive measures include clearing excess fuel, creating defensible space around homes and using Firewise practices. Many Coloradans living in the foothills in ponderosa and lodgepole forests need to consider the fire-prone nature of these ecosystems.
Wildfire hazards exist on most forested home sites; however, many hazards can be reduced to acceptable levels. A forester can assist you in determining these hazards around your home and on your forested property. Such visits are by appointment only, and have an associated service fee. To schedule an appointment, please call the Woodland Park Field Office at (719) 687-2921.
Post-Fire Rehabilitation & Vegetative Recovery
In areas that experience low-severity burns, fire events can serve to eliminate vegetative competition, rejuvenate its growth and improve watershed conditions. But, in landscapes subjected to high or even moderate burn severity, the post-fire threats to public safety and natural resources can be extreme.
Public and private entities invest millions of dollars to implement emergency measures that protect people, communities and critical resources from post-fire events such as flooding, erosion, mudslides, hazard trees and related degradation of water supplies and storage facilities.
For information and publications, visit the CSFS Post-Fire Rehabilitation web page.
Community Wildfire Protection Plans – El Paso, Park & Teller Counties
For more information about developing Community Wildfire Protection Plans (CWPPs), visit the CSFS Community Wildfire Protection Plans web page.
To view the current CWPPs developed in El Paso, Park and Teller counties, please visit the Community Wildfire Protection Plans by county.
Firewise Communities/USA® is a national recognition program that provides instructional resources to inform people how to adapt to living with wildfire and encourages neighbors to work together and take action to reduce their wildfire risk.
The Colorado State Forest Service (CSFS) and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) work together to implement the Firewise Communities/USA® program in Colorado. The CSFS provides technical assistance and education to interested landowners, homeowners and communities to help them take action and ownership in preparing their homes against the threat of wildfire.
There are over 50 Firewise communities in the Woodland Park area. They can be viewed on the Colorado Firewise Communities page.