What is a fire adapted community?

A Fire Adapted Community takes responsibility for its wildfire risk. Actions address resident safety, homes, neighborhoods, businesses and infrastructure, forests, parks, open spaces, and other community assets. The more actions a community takes, the more fire adapted it becomes.


How does a community become fire adapted?
Becoming a fire adapted community is a process and includes the following characteristics:

  • It is in or near a fire adapted ecosystem.
  • It has adequate local fire suppression capacity to meet most community protection needs.
  • Its structures and landscaping are designe
  • d, constructed, retrofitted and maintained in a manner that is ignition resistant.
  • It has local codes [building, planning, zoning, and fire prevention codes] that require ignition-resistant home design and building materials.
  • Fuels on land near and inside the community are treated and maintained for safety.
  • It has and uses a community wildfire protection plan.
  • It has built other safety features such as buffers between fuels and the community; safe designated evacuation routes; and safe zones in the community when evacuation is not advisable.



Udall-Inhofe Fire Mitigation Bill

Jill Ozarski (of Senator Mark Udall’s office), shared information on the Udall-Inhofe Fire Mitigation bill, which Senator Udall introduced last week. “We believe this program could be a game-changer for wildfire mitigation in Colorado, and appreciate all of your support as it moves forward,” Jill said. The bipartisan bill, co-sponsored by Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), would allow FEMA to proactively work with states and localities on wildfire mitigation projects, and would allow states including Colorado to be eligible to receive an additional 15 percent of the total FEMA allocates for fire suppression and mitigation. See below for the press release and the bill.