The Fourmile Canyon Fire Findings concluded that…
“the responsibility for reducing vulnerability to wildfire rests with the homeowner”
“fire disasters cannot be prevented without homeowners actively creating and maintaining Home Ignition Zones (HIZ) with low home ignition potential.”
Wildfire Partners will help you create and maintain a HIZ with low home ignition potential by offering the following benefits:
An individual, on-site, wildfire home assessment with a Wildfire Mitigation Specialist – You will interact one-on-one with your specialist to learn about proper mitigation. The assessment, valued at $250, will be provided at a charge of $25 (March-July) and $50 (August-December) and is estimated to take two to four hours to complete.
A customized report that identifies the weak links in your home’s defenses – The report will specify precisely what actions you need to take to reduce your vulnerability to wildfire. The report will include pictures of vulnerabilities on your property that need to be mitigated.
$300 in defensible space rebates for every Wildfire Partner and additional need and merit-based rebates for some participants – Rebates are limited to 50% of expenditures on defensible space, up to $300. If you spend $400 on defensible space, your rebate would be $200. When calculating expenses, your labor may be valued at $21.79 per hour. All required mitigation measures must be successfully completed and listed in your home assessment in order to qualify for a rebate.
Free access to Wildfire Phone Advisors – For participants in the program, advisors will be available by phone at 303-446-7877 from 8 a.m.–6 p.m., Monday–Friday to answer questions and support on-site mitigation efforts. Advisors can assist with explaining the customer report and the rebate process.
A follow-up inspection that takes place after you complete your recommended mitigation measures – You must finish the required actions listed in your assessment report to become a Wildfire Partner. The follow-up inspection verifies that you have completed all measures successfully.
A certificate stating that you have performed recommended mitigation actions – As a pilot program, insurance industry partners are participating in and tracking the implementation of this program to determine whether or not to recognize the Wildfire Partners certificate.
Increased peace of mind – By completing all recommended mitigation measures correctly, you will feel good about yourself knowing you have acted responsibly to help protect your family and the first responders who put their lives on the line for your community. At the same time, you will learn about fire behavior and understand that becoming a Wildfire Partner does not guarantee your home will survive a wildfire.