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Wildfires Happen. Are you Ready?

When asked what tops the list for achieving a high quality of life, our citizens and business community report that living and working in a safe community is what they value most.

That’s why our investment in this initiative is among the Board of Douglas County Commissioners’ highest priorities.

ARPA Authorized Expenditures for Wildfire Suppression and Mitigation

Helitack Team

Douglas County Office of Emergency Management proposes additional staffing devoted to the County’s Helitack Program. Douglas County is considering the application of ARPA funds for this purpose.

Wildfire Suppression and Mitigation

Expansion of the Wildfire Mitigation Defensible Space Program

The Douglas County Wildfire Initiative Staff proposes the use of ARPA funding for the expansion of the County’s wildfire mitigation defensible space program to include a chipping program for fuel reduction in the Wildland Urban Interface area.

Wildfire Suppression and Mitigation

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Aerial Support for Wildfires

To ensure the County’s air support readiness during wildfire season, the Board of Douglas County Commissioners approved contracts with four companies during their April 12, 2022 Business Meeting, all of whom may provide aerial support on wildland fires.

Aerial support for wildfires

Protect Your Home

Take action to prepare your home and property for wildfire. Learn how you can protect your home, property and forest and be Firewise, and if you are eligible for the Wildfire Mitigation Tax Credit.

Protect Your Home (Wildfire Mitigation)

Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP)

The plan will serve as an “umbrella” document to provide background information for finer-scale communities within Douglas County (i.e. subdivisions, or homeowners associations) who wish to develop a specific Community Wildfire Protection Plan for their area of interest.

Community Wildfire Protection Plan