In recent year, residents of Colorado Springs rolled up their sleeves and cut trees, brush and deadwood, earning the respect of the Federal Emergency Management Agency and a $1 million grant to do even more work to avert a possible wildfire.
The money will be used to hire crews to move up and down the foothills neighborhoods of Colorado Springs and clean another 500 acres of wildfire-prone land. The money will be used in Peregrine, Raven Hills in Rockrimmon, Woodmen Oaks Estates, Hunters Point, Cedar Heights, Stratton, Bear Creek Regional Park, Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, Neal Ranch Open Space.
Here is a map of the neighborhoods:
More information about the ways to reduce the risk of wildfire is available on the Colorado Springs Fire Department’s FireWise website.
At the site, check out the link to its rating system. There, you can enter your home address and see how it ranks in terms of risk of wildfire damage. Here is an example of a neighborhood map with each parcel rated using a color coding:
The website also has newsletters, videos and answers to wildfire-related questions.