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Wildfire Mitigation FAQs and Resources

Wildfires are a threat throughout FEMA Region VIII.  Learn how you can better prepare against the threat of wildfires and what resources are available to assist you in doing so.

Wildfire Mitigation FAQs

Do I live in a wildfire hazard zone? How do I know what my risk is?

Many residents in Region VIII states live in what is known as the Wildland Urban Interface (WUI), areas where human development is close to the natural terrain and flammable vegetation.  With the continued expansion of residential construction into previously undeveloped forests and wildlands, a rising number of homes are at risk from wildfires.

In order to determine your property’s risk, contact your local fire department.  They will be able to provide specific information about your community’s hazards, and may be able to offer an individual assessment on your home. 

Colorado residents may view your property’s risk at the Colorado Wildfire Risk Assessment Portal

What steps can I take to protect my property against wildfires?

Key protective actions include creating a defensible space around your home, using fire-resistant building materials, and regularly clearing combustibles around your home that could serve as fuel for a wildfire.  Three good resources with detailed information on how to mitigate are:

To prepare yourself and your family for a variety of natural disasters, you should Build an Emergency Kit and make a Family Communications Plan.

What are some things I need to consider after a wildfire in my community?

Wildfires dramatically alter the terrain and ground conditions of the affected area.  If your community is impacted by a wildfire, you may be at an even greater risk of flooding.  See FloodSmart’s Flood After Fire Risks for information on post-wildfire flooding hazards and how to protect your property with flood insurance.

FEMA’s Rebuilding after a Wildfire fact sheet also highlights information about creating a defensible space around your home and some other post-wildfire considerations.  

How can I ensure my business and employees are prepared for wildfires?

Check out this Wildfire Preparedness Checklist from the U.S. Small Business Administration, which outlines key actions for your business to take before, during, and after a wildfire.  Also visit America’s PrepareAthon! Wildfire Safety Prepare your Organization guides, which provide information on how to hold a tabletop exercise to help your organization assess and improve its ability to maintain operations when affected by a wildfire.

I am a teacher, how can I get my students prepared for wildfires?

Visit Ready for Kids for youth emergency preparedness curriculum guides by grade level.

Additional Resources by State



North Dakota:

South Dakota:



Wildfire Mitigation Tools and Resources for the Fire Management Community

Last Updated: 
01/15/2020 - 16:55