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VAIL, Colorado- June 24, 2016 - Eagle County and the Vail Board of REALTORS® have co-launched REALFire®—a new voluntary wildfire mitigation program. REALFire® offers in-depth, property assessments conducted by experienced local fire professionals. The program helps property owners identify specific actions they can take to measurably reduce wildfire hazards on their property.

Property owners that successfully complete the program are eligible to receive a REALFire® recognition certificate. This unique component of the program may help some owners address rising insurance premiums and maintain affordable coverage. REALFire® was modeled on the successful Boulder County Wildfire Partners program, where many residents have been able to obtain or retain home insurance based on their certificate.

“This program is an important step in the evolution of community-based wildfire mitigation. As more residents face challenges with insurance, we’re hoping to offer an incentive that may motivate owners to take action, and better prepare our community for wildfires,” says Eric Lovgren, REALFire® Program Coordinator and Wildfire Mitigation Specialist for Eagle County.

 

 

REALFire® was initially inspired by REALTORS® engaging with residents on wildfire safety and education. Mark Bergman, Association Executive for the Vail Board of REALTORS® explains, “Our commitment to the community’s social and economic vitality has always been a cornerstone of our work. By supporting the REALFire® program, REALTORS® have another avenue to participate in community engagement through the important topic of wildfire.”

REALFire® received initial funding from Eagle County, the Vail Board of REALTORS®; the Eagle-Vail Property Owners Association, the Berry Creek Metro District, and Singletree Property Owner’s Association.

Residents are encouraged to visit the REALFire® website (realfire.net) to learn more about the program and download the application form.