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FAC Best Practices

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Ed Keith

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Transcript of FAC Best Practices

Best Practices for Communities
Communications

Best Practices for Communities
New Resident Orientation
Welcome packet for new residents
Updates and presentations at community meetings
Partner with local Fire District to give the gift of a home/property assessment for residents new to the community
Small Demo Site presenting native fire resistant plants
Best Practices for Communities
Community Work Days
Installation of reflective signage
Road right-of-way mitigation
Community barbeque or potluck with family fun events when current goal is reached
Best Practices for Communities
Evacuation Planning
Best Practices for Communities
Covenants, Conditions & Restrictions
New construction/retrofit requirements for fire resistant building materials
Requirements for fire resistant plants when landscaping
Requirements for treatment and maintenance of defensible space
Provide lists of building, landscaping, and arborist contractors
Best Practices for Organizations
Slash Disposal Options
You planned it, they did the work, now what do you do with the slash?
Best Practices for Organizations
Incentives for Mitigation
Best Practices for Organizations
Continuing Education
Best Practices on Your Journey to Becoming More Fire Adapted
Melody Walters & Pam Wilson
Firewise of Southwest Colorado

Ed Keith
Deschutes County, OR

Phone tree
E-mail lists
Bulletin Boards
Social media
Website
Community Newsletter

Best Practices for Communities
Have a plan
Community Wildfire Protection Plan
Community Assessment
Register phones with local Reverse 911/Code Red
Where are we headed today?
We'll be sharing some best practices to advance the principles of Fire Adapted Communities for both Communities and Organizations
Please ask questions or share your experiences along the way!
Best Practices for Organizations
Regular Engagement with Communities
Regular meetings
Website / Blog
Facebook page
E-news
Events
Best Practices for Organizations
Leverage Partnerships
You can't do it alone!
Fire Departments
Sheriff's Office / County Emergency Manager
Red Cross
Private Business / Industry
Federal Agencies
Insurance Agents
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Citizens Wildfire Academy

Mitigation 101
Talking Forest Health

Chainsaw Workshops

Workshops

Tours

Monthly E-News

Blog Posts

Facebook

Keeping Residents Engaged

Rebates

Kickstart Program

Incentive Programs


Questions?

And some of us just love bears!

Home Ignition Zone Workshop

Communities new to our FireWise program can receive up to $7500 for a community project

Award 5-6 per year depending on funding

25% cash match required

Great way to “jumpstart” mitigation efforts in communities

Kickstart Grants

Summit County, CO runs 14-week program every summer where they chip slash that residents have laid out. Chips are hauled to a central collection point, then hauled to Rifle, about 75 miles west, where they are utilized for energy.

SLASH PICK-UP DAYS

COMMUNITY
SLASH DEPOTS

Individuals can receive the lesser of 50% of the cost of a chipper or $100/day, $500 max.

HOAs can receive the lesser of 50% of the cost or $300/day, $1500 max


Puts responsibility back on residents
For individuals or HOAs
Covers using a contractor
Easy to administer
Provides great match on grants




Chipper Rebates

Mitigation 101
Learning the Equipment

Stirring and feeling for heat

Letting the Pile Burn Down

Mitigation 101

Setting it ablaze

Building your burn pile
Mitigation 101 -- Pile Burning

AND THIS

THIS

Women love bears bearing flowers . . .

Celebrate Success!!

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AIR CURTAIN BURNERS
Tour...to a Prescribed Burn
...to a burned area
...to an ignition resistant home
...to a burned area with homes
...and giving hugs
Reflective Address Signs
Evacuation plans and signage
Ready, Set, Go Guides
Practice an Evacuation Drill
Thank you!

Ed Keith 541-322-7117
ed.keith@deschutes.org
www.projectwildfire.org

Pam Wilson 970-385-8909
swcoloradofirewise@gmail.com
www.southwestcoloradofires.org

Melody Walters 970-903-2139
laplatafirewise@gmail.com
www.southwestcoloradofires.org

Develop a Communications Plan
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