Years of fire mitigation pays off in Falls Creek Ranch

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Years of fire mitigation pays off in Falls Creek Ranch

Clearing brush and raking needles is a community event for this subdivision
Firefighters bulldozed a line on the right side of this house, which helped stop the 416 Fire from advancing through the subdivision. Falls Creek Ranch does significant fire mitigation every year, which paid off last week when the 416 Fire arrived at the subdivision’s doorstep.

Years of fire mitigation pays off in Falls Creek Ranch

Firefighters bulldozed a line on the right side of this house, which helped stop the 416 Fire from advancing through the subdivision. Falls Creek Ranch does significant fire mitigation every year, which paid off last week when the 416 Fire arrived at the subdivision’s doorstep.

Years of fire mitigation pays off in Falls Creek Ranch

A house in the Falls Creek Ranch subdivision with a hose connected to a water tank that was used by firefighters battling the 416 Fire. The house in the background has undergone significant fire mitigation, including the removal of pine trees and dead aspen trees.

Years of fire mitigation pays off in Falls Creek Ranch

The 416 Fire approached the Falls Creek Ranch subdivision, but flames were stopped short of houses thanks to firefighters and because the subdivision did significant fire mitigation work before the fire’s arrival.

Years of fire mitigation pays off in Falls Creek Ranch

Residents of the Falls Creek Ranch subdivision filled dozens of bags with dried pine needles, pine cones and underbrush before the 416 Fire. Falls Creek Ranch has been recognized for years as one of the most progressive subdivisions when it comes mitigating the fire danger.

Years of fire mitigation pays off in Falls Creek Ranch

Chris Heine has cut and removed about 30 trees around his home in the Falls Creek Ranch subdivision. He has also cleared underbrush and treated trees with beetle repellent to prevent infestations. He uses a ladder to access his roof and clean pine needles.
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