Wildfire Risk

The Colorado Springs fire department is releasing new information on specific homes that are most at risk to be destroyed by a wildfires.

The CSFD estimates that, because so many homes in the area are built near the mountains, the fire danger zone covers 45 square miles, the most of any city in Colorado.

Fire officials say, it's not a matter of if we'll have a fire in our area, but rather, when.

People living in wildland urban interface areas, where the forest meets the city, can find out if their homes are at risk, and if so, how high is that risk.

All you have to do is visit the fire department's website and type in your address. Then, it will tell you if your home is at extreme, very high, high, moderate, or low risk.

Firefighters hope to convince homeowners to make changes to their property, like cutting down brush and low or dead tree limbs, to reduce the risk of fire around it. They also say you should clear alot of the ground cover around your home but not all, because it prevents erosion.

If you have more questions about how to protect your home, you can call the fire department. They say they will come to your home and show you what to do.

To find out if your home is in a Wildfire Risk area:
Colorado Springs Fire Department website