Proctecting Our Community One Home At A Time
In an effort to reduce the wildfire hazards in our community Aspen Fire Protection District has begun offering wildfire mitigation assessments for private residences, neighborhoods, and sub-divisions. With a thorough assessment and proper mitigation efforts your home’s chances of wildfire survival increase dramatically.
***PLEASE NOTE THAT WILDFIRE MITIGATION ASSESSMENTS ARE NOT AVAILABLE FROM NOVEMBER 1ST - APRIL 30TH. ***
YOU MAY USE THE PORTAL BELOW TO SIGN-UP FOR YOUR
WILDFIRE ASSESSMENT STARTING MAY 1st, 2024.
Complete the application form by using Select a Service (below) then choosing Wildfire Assessment. Applications must be filled out by either the property owner or the property owner’s legal representative. Renters are not eligible to apply. Aspen Fire Department will not do a Wildfire Risk Assessment unless requested by the homeowner.
When performing a Wildfire Assessment on a property, we normally do so with respect to recommendations put forth by the Colorado State University and the Colorado Forest Service. We also use a holistic approach in relation to the property and the neighborhood.
Completing the written report is usually done offsite after the onsite inspection so it may take up to a week from the time of inspection to receive the report via email.
DISCLAIMER -- The property owner has read and understands the following:
While the purpose of the Home Risk Assessment is to reduce the risk of fire damage to one’s home or property, following the requirements in the Assessment report does not guarantee prevention of such damage. Wildfire mitigation work around your home can give firefighters the best chance to defend and protect your property from wildfires and also substantially increase your safety and reduce the risk to life and property. However, wildfire is unpredictable and can be impossible to stop or control, regardless of what mitigation efforts you have taken. The Aspen Fire Department makes no warranties, guarantees or representations of any kind with respective to the effectiveness of any mitigation efforts you undertake in connection with your participation in the wildfire assessment program.
Frequently Asked Questions for Wildfire Assessments
Q. Can any home receive and assessment?
Yes, any home or building within the Aspen Fire Protection District can and should be evaluated for its wildfire risk.
Q: What does the assessment look at?
Our assessments look at all aspects of the building, from the construction inside and out, to the vegetation, and even the surrounding topography. Our assessment criteria comes from guidelines recommended by the Colorado State Forest Service and the FireWise program.
Q: Will getting an assessment force me to mitigate?
Our assessments are simply recommendations to help lower the wildfire risk to your home, neighborhood, and the Aspen area. While mitigation increases your home’s chances for survival, it also helps emergency responders in the event of a wildfire.
Q: Who can do the recommended mitigation?
There are many local tree companies and landscapers that can do the recommended mitigation work or you can do it on your own, the choice is up to you.