Winter Park Highlands Association
Replays of Four Still Very Relevant Virtual Workshops Available on Demand
Replays of the four Virtual Workshops presented by the national Firewise organization in July, August, September and October 2014 are available on demand here. The Workshops were on the following topics:
Understanding How Embers Ignite Roofs in a Wildland Fire and How to Make Your Roof More Survivable
Mulch Combustibility – Choosing the Right Type for Your Wildland/Urban Interface Home
Surviving Wildfire - Get Prepared, Stay Alive, Rebuild Your Life
Improving Access for Wildland Firefighters
Check Out the Grand County Wildfire Readiness Website
Grand County, through the generous support of The Grand Foundation, has put up a new website focusing on wildfire readiness and survival. Check it out at www.bewildfireready.org.
Mitigation Expenses Deduction Against Federal Taxable Income on Colorado Income Tax Return Extended Through Tax Year 2024
The Colorado Legislature has passed and Governor Hickenlooper has signed a bill extending the mitigation expenses deduction against federal taxable income on Colorado income tax returns through tax year 2024. As originally enacted the deduction was available only through tax year 2013. See the text of the operative statute here.
Cistern No. 3 Is Complete (And We Still Need Your Help)
Installation of Cistern No. 1, 30,000 gallon underground water cistern with fire hydrant, was completed in November 2013. The cistern is full and ready for use in the event of an emergency. The final bill for this cistern was $80,000. Three sources of funds paid for the installation: a BLM grant ($45,000); WPHA matching funds ($14,000); and donations ($16,000).
And now Cistern No. 3 is complete. It is located at the corner of Blue Jay and Elkhorn - see our new map of WPHA's Firewise Boundary on the Maps page). The cistern was filled over Halloween weekend. As we've told you before, we have another grant from the Bureau of Land Management, this time totaling $35,000 (the maximum grant award allowed this round). As with Cistern No. 1, additional funds will come from WPHA and from the generosity of property owners in and around the Highlands. Our immediate need is for $30,000 to pay the rest of the bills for Cistern No. 3. Board Member Cress Carter has founded the "Firefighting $5k Club" and has offered to donate $5,000 contingent on at least one other matching donation. Board Member Charlie Bouchard and his wife, Carolyn, have stepped up with the first matching donation. Who else wants to join the club? Contact Board President Bill Tetlow.
You can donate in two ways:
(1) Our Donor Advised Fund at the Grand Foundation, which allows donations to our cistern projects to be tax deductible, is still in place. Make your check payable to The Grand Foundation and direct it to Megan Ledin, Executive Director, The Grand Foundation, PO Box 1342, Winter Park, CO 80482. Be sure to put WPHA DAF in the memo line.
(2) Donate using PayPal by going to the Dues and Donations page of this website where you will find a direct link to PayPal.
Helpful Information on Building a Firewise Home
The Colorado State Forest Service has published an excellent brochure called Firewise Construction - Design and Materials that contains a lot of interesting information and good ideas for building a firewise home. Check it out here.
Check out these two helpful Firewise videos
Here are links to two Firewise videos that provide lots of good information on protecting your home from wildfires. Take a few minutes (the videos aren't long) to learn simple steps that you can take to increase the chance that your home could survive a wildfire.
1. Wildfire: Preventing Home Ignitions (click here Pt. 1, here Pt. 2) 2. Protecting Your Home From Wildfire (click here)
Firewise Newsletter Available -- Check It Out
The latest Newsletter from the National Firewise organization is available online. The organization's website, firewise.org, has lots of other helpful information as well. Can't hurt to get an early start on planning for our summer fire season! Also check out the updated State Pile Construction Guide relating to burning of slash piles.
Check Out a New Natural Disaster Preparedness Guide from Expertise.com
The folks at Expertise.com have prepared a guide with helpful tips on how to prepare for a variety of natural disasters. Check it out here.
WPHA's Firewise Status and Activities Prompt USAA To Offer Insurance Discounts
It is our understanding that anyone who is insured by USAA and lives within the WPHA Firewise Boundary Area (see map of boundary on our Maps page) AND is an Honorary or regular member of WPHA who contributes to our fire mitigation fund will qualify for an insurance discount. Check with your insurance agent for details.
From Grand Fire Protection District No. 1: Rules Regarding Open Burning, Including Slash Piles
Open burning season in Grand County commences after 3-6” of snow has accumulated, usually sometime in November, and is open through March. If you are burning piles greater than three (3) feet in diameter and two (2) feet in height and less than 15’x15’, you must obtain a free permit from the GCDNR. It is illegal to burn any pile over three feet before burn season or without a permit!! The permit application can be accessed here.
Note: if your piles are 15’ or larger at the base, the permit cost is $50.00.
After your permit application is received, GCDNR will review your project and notify you when it is approved. You must call them at 970-887-0745 on the days you wish to burn to see if burning is approved for that day in your area. Remember, there should be SNOW on the GROUND where you are burning. Here is a link to the GCDNR pile burning guidelines.
WPHA Receives National Attention For Its Firewise Efforts
Check out the article published on the national Firewise website, including a photo of our second cistern near completion (more on that below). Also see our WPHA Firewise Case Study - it is amazing how much we have accomplished in the last nine years. Thanks to board member Karen Bishop for authoring the study.
Click here for the updated WPH map that now contains evacuation routes in case of a fire. After you click, the map will open in a separate tab on your browser. Once you open the map, right click on it and you can save it to your computer if you wish.