View of the La Platas through the Piñon–Juniper Woodlands in Cedar Mesa Ranches, Mancos.

View of the La Platas through the Piñon–Juniper Woodlands in Cedar Mesa Ranches, Mancos.

Defensible Space Cost-Share:

If you live anywhere in Southwest Colorado with a Neighborhood Ambassador, you are eligible for cost-share assistance to reduce vegetation that makes your home vulnerable to wildfires. To find out how to make your home more fire safe and what resources are available to support forest thinning work on your property, contact your Wildfire Adapted County Coordinator.  A Home Ignition Zone specialist will provide a free home wildfire risk assessment and will mark trees for removal if you choose to pursue the defensible space cost-share program at that time.

Our defensible space cost-share is designed to reimburse a homeowner up to 50% of the cost of developing defensible space to increase your home’s chance of survival and increase firefighter safety when wildfires occur. Available funding varies per project based on your home site size, vegetation, and terrain. Funded projects will receive an award letter detailing the award amount, which the applicant must sign and return acknowledging the award agreement prior to work beginning with the selected contractor.  A grant administration fee will be deducted from the award amount at a rate of 10% of the total project expense.  

Who’s Eligible: Residents who own a home in a community with a Neighborhood Ambassador.
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