Living in paradise comes with a cost, and that cost in our neck of the woods is the annual threat of wildfire. Our community prides itself on being a Firewise community! The best defense is a good offense, and by mitigating your property, you can help protect your property and our entire community from fire damage.
Please consider volunteering with or donating to our local volunteer fire department. Livermore Fire Department is made up of many of your neighbors, and they have done a spectacular job keeping our community safe. You can find them here.
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Additional Wildfire Protection Information:
Colorado Forest Service
Wildfire defensible Space Brochure
Cherokee Meadows Wildfire Protection Plan
Colorado wildfire mitigation
tax rebate (Income 65)
Forest Service Grant expense
Summary of CWPP
From these results we will finalize the CWPP in order to satisfy the concerns and main issues as you have indicated. One of the main benefits of having the CWPP is the ability to get better results with Federal and State agencies with fire mitigation in our bordering areas (National Forest, State Land). Other benefits include Grant monies, Colorado State Income Tax deductions for mitigation efforts, and possibly as an aid for getting Home Owners insurance. This summary and other activity of the CWPP will soon be part of the CMRA website. Some of you are neighbors to CMRA and are included in the benefits of a CWPP.
In the summary below, concerns and issues are numbered with number 1 having the most responses and then the next most in ascending order. If a there are responses with the same number of concerns, they will share the next place (questions 3 & 7)
55 Surveys sent out
= 45% response
1. Please rate the level of your concern regarding wildfire issues in our community:
Very Concerned: 14
Somewhat concerned: 10
Not Concerned: 1
2. What are your concerns regarding Wildfire risks in the Community? (Some examples of concerns are tall grass/bushes, neighboring lands, drought, severe weather etc.):
1. Neighboring lands (state/federal)
3. Access roads to the community
3. What are concerns of Widfire risks/issues on your property? (Some examples of concerns are not enough defensible space, access in and out of my driveway, fuels on neighboring properties, construction materials of my house, etc.):
1. Fuels, grass and trees
2. Access to water
2. Neighboring lands (state/Federal)
2. Neighboring property owners
2. Access to their property
4. What are barriers for you to do Wildfire mitigation on your property? (Some examples of barriers are cost, finding help, knowing how, physical limitations, etc.):
1. Physical limitations
5. What are the top 3 things you see as strengths in our community regarding Wildfire issues and/or our ability to resolve them? (Some examples of strengths are cohesiveness, cooperation, shared purpose, etc.):
1. Shared purpose
2. Relation and proximity with LFPD
3. Willingness to help and educate
6. What are 3 things you see as weakness in our community regarding Wildfire issues? (Some examples of weakness are part time residents, plan of action, shared costs, etc.):
1. Part time residents/ out of state owners
2. Apathy/ complacency
3. Shared purpose/ goals/ plan of action
7. What do you see as 3 opportunities in our community for improving Wildfire resilience?:
2. Mitigation of neighboring state and federal lands
8. Please list any threats you envision that would hamper our efforts in improving our wildfire risks? (Some examples of threats are apathy, procrastination, costs, age of residents, etc.):
2. Age of residents
9. Would you participate in a state grant that would reimburse you 50% of your costs for Wildfire mitigation?:
1. Probably not. We spent over $5500 that summer dealing with the beetle kill due to "Wildfire Mitigation" and our "state/county rep" was all over the place on what needed to be done and he just cost us more time and money. There was no grant or anything with that. It was a dictate (or receive a $5,000 fine) and soured us a bit with government telling us what to do on our property when they were not doing the same with their property literally across the road. Would have been money and time ahead doing nothing and paying the fine.
2. I will continue mitigation whether I am reimbursed or not. I would prefer that my 50% be put towards either someone else's property or to the public lands nearby.
3. I probably won't now as I don't have a house and have thinned out a lot of the accessible areas (after the beetle scourge), but might if more insects or diseases cropped up
4. Perhaps. Is time spent reimbursable?
5. As long as a clear community action plan has been established and individual expectations understood
6. Unsure - not interested in having people on my property under the guise of "fire mitigation"
7. Depends on cost.
10. Which of the following are causing concern or confusion?:
None of the above: 13
Community Wildfire Protection Plan: 6
Firewise Community: 5
Fire Adapted Community: 5
Personal participation and responsibilities
How to get the majority of residents to “buy in” to a plan
No aware of the document
None of these are readily understood by the majority of the owners. People don’t know or care about their responsibility in “common areas” in keeping their community safe.