Realtors Promoting Community Wildfire Awareness
REALFire® is a voluntary property assessment program being piloted in Eagle County. The REALFire® program helps residents identify specific actions they can take on their property to reduce wildfire hazards. The program was inspired by Realtors® engaging with residents on wildfire safety and education.
REALFire® property assessments provide residents with many benefits:
- An in-depth, on-site assessment conducted by experienced fire professionals
- An opportunity for property owners to identify mitigation actions unique to their property
- A detailed follow-up report with customized mitigation actions designed to measurably reduce the wildfire risk to their property
- An opportunity to earn a REALFire® certificate acknowledging their mitigation achievements. This type of recognition can be used to enhance real estate transactions and can be shared with local insurance providers
Please visit realfire.net, to complete an application to receive a free wildfire property assessment.
REALFire Assessment Testimonial
" I knew I had to have our home and property in Cordillera inspected for our safety after attending the REALFire Class at the Vail Board of REALTORS® office.
My hesitation about having the Wildfire Mitigation Assessment had been I didn’t want to hear we needed to cut down all the trees within 30 feet of our home. To my surprise, we weren’t told we needed to cut down any trees. The Eagle County Assessor, Eric Lovgren, made a list of several fairly easy things to do to reduce our wildfire risk. We need to enclose our outside storage area to prevent ignition of combustible material inside by embers. We need to install metal flashing on our deck at the junction to prevent ember accumulations from igniting the siding. Then there were a couple of smaller things like removing all the wood mulch, leaf litter, and all juniper from around our deck. We had replaced our wood shake roof in 2018 with DaVinci roofing, which was the best mitigation step we could have taken. The wood shake roofs create a huge risk to our homes and our neighbor's homes. Lastly, we needed to have an evacuation plan and review the escape routes in Cordillera.
I am thrilled that we took the time to have the assessment done on our home. I pray that all of our neighbors and other Cordillera residents will take wildfire mitigation seriously, so we can all work towards making our homes and subdivisions a safer place to live."