Crystal Lakes Fire Mitigation

  • Client: Larimer County
  • Date: Jul 2016 to Jul 2017
  • Info: Larimer County hired Blue Mountain Environmental Consulting to oversee hazardous fuels treatment on open space surrounding a 100-acre subdivision in the wildland-urban interface.

The project was located in unincorporated Larimer County, approximately six miles south of the Colorado/Wyoming border and 60 miles northwest of Fort Collins, Colorado. The subdivision is surrounded by approximately 400,000 acres of Arapahoe and Roosevelt National Forests which are unmaintained and present a critical fire threat, as the current mortality rate of the forests surrounding the subdivision is extremely high. The open space areas are extremely steep, with slopes of 20% – 30%. The slopes are heavily vegetated with dense crown cover over, which make them a high fire-spread risk. The open space tracts selected for the project will become shaded fuel breaks, allowing for the effective reduction in wildfire spread throughout the subdivision.

Blue Mountain Environmental Consulting conducted a homeowner’s association meeting and a Home Ignition Zone demonstration for homeowners, utilized GIS to flag boundaries and riparian areas, conducted a forest stand evaluation to identify the quantity of forest material to be removed, marked individual trees for feeling to create fuel breaks, and monitored the project implementation.