Congratulations on achieving Firewise Communities/USA(R) recognition status!

SEPTEMBER 4, 2015 – FIRE PROTECTION, ANNOUNCEMENTS

Congratulations on achieving Firewise Communities/USA® recognition status! We are thrilled to welcome Zapata to the growing number of communities working to take action to reduce their wildfire risk.

Now that you are an official Firewise Community/USA, the Colorado State Forest Service (CSFS) and National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) need your help to map your community boundary. The boundary information can be used to:

help communities improve communication and safety among residents;
develop a map to share with residents of Firewise Communities;
inform and better prepare local fire departments to assist when

wildfires do occur in the community; assist in planning future wildfire mitigation projects; and provide information that often is requested on grant applications.

Adam Moore created the attached map of the Zapata Firewise Community. Please let me know if this map of the Zapata Firewise Community boundary is okay with you.

We are also pleased to provide you with some resources to help you continue working on wildfire mitigation in your community. These resources include:

Protecting Your Home From Wildfire: Creating Wildfire Defensible

Zones - Actions landowners can take to make their properties more defensible from the threat of wildfire. FireWise Construction: Site Design & Building Materials - Information on appropriate materials and fire-resistant building designs to address home ignition risk. Fire Adapted Communities Learning Network - A tool available to help exchange information about fire-adapted communities, enhance networking and dialogue, and increase the sharing of learning and innovations related to community wildfire resilience. Community Wildfire Protection Plans (CWPPs) - A written and agreed upon document that identities how a community will reduce its wildfire risk. CWPPs address wildfire response capability, protection of homes and other structures, and identify areas where fuels reduction is needed to reduce wildfire threats to communities and critical infrastructure. Colorado Wildfire Risk Assessment Portal (CO-WRAP) - A web-mapping tool that provides access to statewide wildfire risk assessment information in Colorado. Natural Resources Grants and Assistance Database - A comprehensive list of natural resource grants and assistance programs that promote the health and welfare of Colorado’s natural resources. This includes grant opportunities and programs for Colorado residents to implement fuels mitigation and education efforts with the goal of reducing their wildfire risk. The database is free to use. Colorado State Forest Service Website – The CSFS website is a great resource for information about Colorado’s forests. You can also find your local district forester’s contact information at http://csfs.colostate.edu/districts/.

On behalf of the Colorado State Forest Service, I want to congratulate you and your community on your work to achieve the National Firewise Community/USA designation by taking actions to reduce your community’s wildfire risk and improve safety. If you need any more information or assistance, please feel free to contact me.

Sincerely,

Courtney Peterson Colorado State Forest Service Wildfire Mitigation Education Coordinator www.csfs.colostate.edu