In the shadow of the Waldo Canyon burn scar, the steady rain didn’t stop residents of the Golden Hills neighborhood from lining up for a piece of a $20-thousand dollar check for wildfire mitigation.
“I knew it was a danger, but wasn’t a thing you thought of too much here until June 28th, that’s when we got evacuated,” said resident Rich Groham.
A dollar-for-dollar match up to $500, 40 households can sign up to address wildfire risk to homes dealing with surrounding fuels in the home ignition zone.
“Because the best chance for survivability is that first 15-30 feet around a home this will have a huge impact for this neighborhood,” said Amy Sylvester with CSFD Wildfire Mitigation.
In a speech inside an airport hangar in Denver, Governor Hickenlooper spoke about the importance homeowners play in fighting wildfires.
“We have to make sure that each community is taking responsibility to make sure that their individual properties are defensible,” Governor Hickenlooper said.
In Colorado Springs, mitigation teams say they’ve never been busier.
“Averaging around 16 on-site consultations per week,” Sylvester said.