Board of Realtors partners with emergency responders to distribute wildfire prevention tips
Steamboat Springs — Thousands of property owners in Routt County are receiving information in their mailboxes this month that will help them improve the chances of their homes surviving a potential wildfire.
Brochures put together by the Steamboat Springs Board of Realtors in partnership with local emergency responders and the Colorado State Forest offer homeowners several wildfire prevention tips.
The tips range from removing fire fuels from around a home to a fire safety checklist homeowners can fill out annually.
Steamboat Springs Board of Realtors CEO Ulrich Salzgeber said Wednesday the brochure was mailed out last week to 13,798 households.
He said several homeowners associations in the city were working individually on similar educational efforts until those efforts were unified.
“The issue isn’t just your personal home but also the surrounding homes,” Salzgeber said. “No matter how good you are (at taking steps to protect your home), if everybody isn’t included in the mitigation, it becomes a bigger issue.”
In 2010, there were 13,000 households in Routt County within what is known as the red zone, an area the state considers to be at high risk for wildfires. Census data showed about 77 percent of this county’s population was within the zone.
A 2012 study by Rocky Mountain PBS News found that one in four homes in Colorado were within the red zone.
Routt County Emergency Management Director Bob Struble said if homeowners have questions about how to mitigate the fire danger at their property, they can call their local fire departments.
Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue can be reached at 970-879-7170.
Salzgeber said he hopes the production of the brochure isn’t a one-shot deal.
He envisions stakeholders can come together next spring and host a community forum where homeowners could learn more about wildfire prevention.
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