Collectively, Bent’s Old Fort and Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Sites have accomplished decades of wildfire prevention efforts. Credits (top to bottom): Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site; Adam Heberlie, Bent's Old Fort National Historic Site

Two National Historic Sites Become Colorado’s First Firewise Education Sites

By: Daniel Beveridge

Topic: Communications / Outreach Defensible space / Firewise

Type: Success Story / Lessons Learned

This article was first published on the Colorado State Forest Service’s website.

The Bent’s Old Fort and Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Sites recently became the first locations in Colorado to attain recognition as pilot Firewise Education Sites. A Firewise Education Site promotes wildfire preparedness and illustrates Firewise principles in action for the educational benefit of visitors, including teaching people how to adapt to living with wildfire and encouraging communities to work together, take action and prevent losses.

Volunteers piled woody debris to help protect these new Firewise education sites.

Since the time of this post, 40 volunteers, including 28 scout members, reduced the fuel buildup around the historic sites. Credit: Donna Davis, Colorado State Forest Service

The Firewise Education Site program was initiated by the National Fire Protection Association as a way to highlight the implementation of Firewise principles at locations that do not meet the criteria of being actual “communities.” NFPA is partnering with the Colorado State Forest Service to provide technical assistance to the two national historic sites as they pursue this designation, which specifically emphasizes the need and importance for doing wildfire mitigation in plains communities.

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