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October 6, 2015

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Jim Webster, Wildfire Partners/
Boulder County Land Use

Boulder County Forest Health and Wildfire Mitigation News – Oct. 6, 2015

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Forest Health News

Today’s Boulder County Forest Health and Wildfire Mitigation and News covers the following:

  • Tip of the Day: Wildfire Partners Tour of Homes is Saturday, October 10
  • October Wildfire Awareness Month Events
  • Our New Forest Health Team and Wildfire Mitigation Team
  • Community Forestry Sort Yards Final Days of 2015

Tip of the Day: Attend our First Inaugural Wildfire Partners Tour of Homes – October 10

Are you interested in wildfire mitigation, but you have questions or concerns? How will it look? Will I have to cut all my trees? What inexpensive retrofits are available to help protect my structures? Or, are you a mitigation supporter and want to check out the latest innovations in the field?

Come visit Wildfire Partners properties in your community. Check out practical wildfire mitigation measures for yourself. Talk to your neighbors about the lessons they learned and solutions they developed. Visiting these homes and talking to neighbors is an ideal way for you to learn about mitigation.

Approximately 700 Boulder County homeowners have been working extremely hard to help prepare for future wildfire and create more resilient communities as part of the new Wildfire Partners program. On Saturday, October 10, sixteen Wildfire Partners will be inviting you to come see mitigation work as part of the inaugural Wildfire Partners Tour of Homes. These homeowners have participated in an on-site wildfire assessment with a Wildfire Mitigation Specialist and performed some mitigation measures. Many have completed their customized Mitigation To-Do List, passed their follow-up inspection, and received their Wildfire Partners Certificate of Mitigation.

Wildfire Partners Tour of Homes

When: Saturday, October 10 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Where: Boulder County foothills and mountains. Participating homes are listed at Look for Wildfire Partners Tour of Homes yard signs.

Wildfire Partners Tour of Homes yard sign

Wildfire Partners Tour of Homes signs will be posted on homeowner driveways to help guide tour participants.

Wildfire Partners is a voluntary program that provides homeowners who
are interested in performing mitigation with significant technical and
financial support. The program is funded by participating homeowners,
Boulder County, a $1.5 million grant the Colorado Department of Natural
Resources and a $1.125 million grant from FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Grant

October Wildfire Awareness Month

September 6, 2011, the one-year anniversary of the Fourmile Canyon
Fire, Boulder County declared October as Wildfire Awareness Month. The
idea for the month-long awareness campaign came from citizens of Boulder
County who understood the need for more education, stronger community
involvement, and greater individual responsibility toward community
wildfire protection. Clear Creek, Douglas, Jefferson, and Larimer
counties have also declared October as Wildfire Awareness Month. To
learn more, visit

Wildfire Awareness Month logo

Community Chipping Events

Coal Creek Canyon

Saturday, Oct. 3 – Curbside Chipping Event, Twin Spruce Area

Saturday, Oct. 10 – Curbside Chipping Event, Spruce Canyon Drive Neighborhood

Saturday, Oct. 17 – Saws and Slaws Event, Chute Road

Email Linda at to participate

Four Mile Fire Protection District

Oct. 5 – Oct. 9

Open to residents of Four Mile FPD

Email Zach at to participate

Sunshine Fire Protection District

Oct. 26 – Oct. 30

Free Curbside Chipping up to 1.5 hours

Open to residents of Sunshine FPD

Deadline to sign up is October 21. Email Abby at

Sugarloaf Fire Protection District

Oct. 15

Discounted Curbside Chipping

Open to residents of Sugarloaf FPD

Contact CB Bassity at 720 406 7835 or Marilyn Hartig at 303 444 1868.

Eldorado Springs, Eldorado Valley and Marshall Area Slash Chipping Event

Saturday Oct. 17, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Centralized Slash Chipping Event – You Haul It

Open to residents of Rocky Mountain Fire Protection District

Fire Station 6, 4390 Eldorado Springs Drive

Contact: Email

Boulder County Prescribed Fire

Boulder County Parks & Open Space and Boulder County Sheriff's
Office Wildland Fire Management Program are planning two prescribed
burns at Heil Valley Ranch and Hall Ranch this fall

Nighthawk Burn at Hall Ranch

• Will occur between October 12 and 16

• 75 acres with one to three days of ignitions

Wapiti 2 Burn at Heil Valley Ranch

• Will occur between October 26 and 31

• 270 acres and may require up to six days of ignitions

These prescribed burns are dependent on weather and conditions. View maps of the planned prescribed burns and more information at

Parks and Open Space 40th Anniversary Wildfire Awareness Month Forestry Projects

To register for one or both projects, please visit:

October 9 – 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Heil Valley Ranch

join us to help prepare for our next round of prescribed fire at Heil
Valley Ranch. Volunteer will focus on raking forest debris away from old
growth ponderosa pines and dragging woody debris away from the fire

October 17 – 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Meeker Park Community Forestry Sort Yard

and Open Space is currently working on a demonstration defensible space
project at our Meeker Park Sort Yard. Volunteers are needed to help
work in zones 1 and 2. This is a great opportunity to learn about
defensible space, wildland fire, and small acreage forestry. Work will
include dragging slash, raking forest debris, and perhaps cutting a
small tree or two.

October 24 – 10 a.m. to noon

Hike: Lions and Abert’s and Bears at Bald Mountain Scenic Area

volunteer naturalists for a moderate one-mile hike to learn about some
of the critters that call Bald Mountain home, including a handsome
squirrel that lives only in ponderosa pine forests. Also see evidence of
the 2010 Fourmile Canyon fire and learn a little about the natural role
of fire in this ecosystem.

New Forest Health and Wildfire Mitigation and Team

County’s Land Use Department would like to introduce two new members of
our team: Chris Rea and Kyle McCatty.

Chris Reacomes to us from Buffalo,
Wyoming where he was the Assistant District Forester with the Wyoming
State Forestry Division. He has also worked for the North Carolina
Forest Service, Colorado Forest Restoration Institute, and US Forest
Service in various roles. Chris has a BS in forest management from Colorado State University
and a MS in Natural Resource Management and GIS from the University of
Denver. He hails from Pueblo, Colorado.

Kyle McCatty comes from the Golden
Office of the Colorado State Forest Service where he worked as a
Forester II. He has also worked for the Arizona State Forestry Division,
the Colorado State Forest Service in Fort Collins, Colorado State University, and the Center
for Environmental Management of Military Lands in a number of different
positions. Kyle has a BS in forest management from CSU. He also attended
the University of Florida before coming to Colorado. Chris and Kyle
have replaced Ryan Ludlow and Andrew Notbohm.

Kyle McCatty and Chris Rea

Chris and
Kyle join existing staff members Rick Hackett and Jim Webster. Rick is
our Communications Specialist. He oversees our Wildfire Partners
marketing, website, media relations, community outreach, and Boulder
County Forest Health and Wildfire Mitigation and News distribution. Jim
coordinates the Wildfire Partners program and manages the forest health and wildfire
mitigation and team.

Community Forestry Sort Yards Closing

Slash? The Nederland and Allenspark sort yards both close for the
season on Saturday, October 17th. This year marks the eighth consecutive
year that Boulder County has offered free slash and log disposal.
Thanks to everyone who uses, volunteers, and works at the yards!

Allenspark/Meeker Park Area Sort Yard - 8200 Hwy. 7, Allenspark

Closes: Oct. 17

Hours of Operation: Wednesday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Nederland Area Sort Yard - 291 Ridge Road, Nederland

Closes: Oct. 17

Hours of Operation: Wednesday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

yards are free of charge locations where residents can drop off logs,
tree branches, pine needles, cut grass and noxious weeds. Residents load
the material into a vehicle or trailer, haul it to Nederland or
Allenspark, and unload it at the yard at no charge.


Rick, Kyle, Chris and Jim

Boulder County Land Use Department