Grant applications available for funding for wildfire mitigation projects

March 21, 2023 at 2:17 pm

The City of Castle Pines has launched a Wildfire Mitigation Grant program to support resident and homeowner association (HOA) efforts to reduce wildfire risk throughout the community. HOAs and individual residents can apply for wildfire mitigation funding for qualified projects. The City will accept funding requests for up to $5,000 from an HOA and up to $250 from a resident. All funding requests require a minimum match of 50% from all applicants. Visit the City's grant webpage to learn more about the grant opportunity and to apply. Applications are due by Sunday, May 14.



Importance of Wildfire Mitigation

The Douglas County Hazard Mitigation Plan has identified wildfire as the top risk in Castle Pines, and the Colorado State Forest Service has identified Castle Pines within Colorado’s Wildland-Urban Interface. These identifications indicate the need for wildfire mitigation in order to reduce the risk of uncontrolled wildland fire hazards and protect the community

History of Wildfire Mitigation in Castle Pines

The City of Castle Pines began strategic mitigation efforts in 2022, which included collaborating with the Castle Pines North Metro District and various homeowner associations to reduce hazardous wildfire fuels in high-priority areas utilizing goat mitigation. These efforts successfully treated 25 acres of gamble oak over a five-month period.

The City also hosted two Slash events at Elk Ridge Park in 2022, where residents had the opportunity to drop off yard debris for free.

As wildfire mitigation efforts continue, the City encourages the community to participate in efforts to keep the community safe and reduce the risk of wildfire.