Firewise provides workshop, rebate program


By Bill Trimarco

Special to The SUN

FireWise of Southwest Colorado and Colorado State University Extension, Archuleta County, are sponsoring a free Home Ignition Zone and Defensible Space Workshop for the public on Friday, Aug. 23, from 10 a.m. to noon in Loma Linda Subdivision, U.S. 84 south of Pagosa Springs.

Attendees will see how a wildfire safety home inspection is done and how to develop a defensible space around their home using Colorado State Forest Service guidelines. Anyone concerned about how to protect their home from the risk of wildfire is encouraged to attend.

For more information on this workshop, contact Bill Trimarco at or 264-0430.

Chipper rental rebate 

FireWise is offering residents a rebate to help offset the cost of chipping slash from wildfire mitigation work conducted on private property in Archuleta and La Plata counties. Residents will be reimbursed for the lesser of $100 per day or 50 percent of the cost to rent a chipper or to utilize a company for chipper services used to chip slash created during wildfire mitigation work on any privately owned property. One rebate is allowed per address, with a $500 maximum. Rebates will be processed on a first-received basis, and are valid from May 1 through Sept. 30, 2013, or until funds are expended.

For more information on this rebate program, application information and additional fire mitigation information, e-mail or call 264-0430.