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How to become fire adapted

Maintain and Reevaluate

After completing the project work, take time to reconnect and reevaluate. Take time to listen to what worked and what could improve the projects. Keep the discussion positive. Communicate to continue growing your good relationship with the community.

Successfully collaborating with community leaders to solve problems for non-emergency activities and making wildfire safety changes before a wildfire occurs builds relationships and trust over time.

As trust is built, community leaders can provide insight into the needs and capabilities of a community and help to ramp up interest about emergency management.

Wildfire mitigation: strategies tested and lessons learned (Waldo Canyon Fire)

Colorado Springs’ WUI area covers 28,800 acres, encompassing 24% of the city's population and containing over 36,000 homes.

This is one of the largest WUI zones in the United States.

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Colorado Springs

Faced with considerable wildfire risk, the city of Colorado Springs, Colorado has taken steps to mitigate the threat to their community from wildland fires. Follow their mitigation journey in the wake of the Waldo Canyon Fire.

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