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Fire Risk

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Leigh Paterson
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KUNC

Fire Risk

As blazes in Colorado threaten more homes and people, KUNC’s three-part series explores how Front Range communities are adapting.
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Leigh Paterson
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KUNC
While some fire-impacted communities in Northern Colorado rebuild their homes, other residents are thinking about how they can make their existing homes more fire resistant.
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While more than 37,000 people escaped the Marshall Fire last year, the chaos that ensued prompted an overhaul of how these communities evacuate.
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Leigh Paterson
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KUNC
Homeowners in Boulder County are finally starting to rebuild, nine months after the Marshall Fire devastated the area. Many residents are constructing their new homes using fire-resistant techniques.

Trying to make your existing home more fire resistant? Here are some basic tips:



  • Cover roof and attic vents in ⅛ inch mesh to prevent embers from entering.
  • Keep your yard in good condition! Rake up piles of leaves and trim any branches that hang over the home. Remove dead vegetation and debris from gutters and out from under decks and porches.
  • Avoid flammable materials, like wood mulch, within five feet of the home.
  • Avoid storing flammable materials, like cloth patio furniture, under decks. If you have to evacuate, bring those items indoors.
  • Consider removing any flammable vegetation planted close to the home, such as juniper trees and rosemary bushes.

Read more from the National Fire Protection Association and Boulder County’s Wildfire Partners.

The Wildflower Condos in Louisville, shown here in May 2022, were badly damaged in the Marshall Fire. (Leigh Paterson / KUNC)






Assessing wildfire risk

These maps from the USDA and U.S. Forest Service can help people assess what the fire risk is in their area. Click on a map to view the interactive version and see charts and resources for your county.