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Fire mitigation in Colorado

By: Matt Rohrer, President and Fire Mitigation Expert, Aver Contracting
July 24, 2017 Updated: July 24, 2017 at 2:31 pm
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Unfortunately with Colorado’s beautiful forests and dry climate, wildfires are inevitable. The best thing a homeowner can do to prepare for a wildfire is to mitigate their property. Fire mitigation accomplishes two main goals: it reduces and removes fire hazards and improves the overall health of forests.

Wildfires are a huge risk in this country. 1.2 million acres of woodland burn up in the U.S. every year. Many areas have small, unhealthy trees that act as kindling for fires. The bigger danger is when those small trees are close to houses, putting the home and residents at risk. The national Fire Protection Agency recommends there be a minimum of 30 feet between a home/building and the nearest trees, with the ideal distance being between 60 and 100 feet. Fire mitigation is perfect for removing fire danger and maintaining your yard.

Typically, when we think of a healthy forest, we think of lots of trees. It would seem that cutting down trees would hurt a forest. However, in reality, most Colorado forests are overpopulated with trees. This means that the nutrients in the soil are being spread between too many plants, and the results are harmful. Instead of having 45 healthy trees in a half mile, there will be 100 small, unhealthy trees because the soil doesn’t have enough nutrients for all of them. Fire mitigation removes these sick trees and allows larger ones to thrive. After cutting down the unhealthy tree, the next step is to masticate them. This process involves crushing and cutting the trees into tiny pieces of mulch. The mulch can then be tilled into the soil in order to nourish and replenish the nutrients, paving the way for new, healthy forest growth.

Anyone who owns a home in forested or otherwise fire-prone areas should consider the hazard presented to their property by a wildfire, and should consider fire mitigation. By doing wildfire mitigation work, homeowners can substantially increase their safety and reduce the risk to life and property.

To learn more, call Aver Contracting at 844-348-8975.

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