A slurry bomber drops a load of fire suppressant near threatened home in the Fourmile Canyon fire in Boulder on Sept, 6, 2010. The blaze destroyed 169 homes across 6,181 acres.
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Boulder this month will begin assessing certain homes to determine how well prepared they are to protect against wildfires.

Boulder Fire-Rescue staff will perform curbside assessments of homes within the wildland-urban interface, according to a city news release. Homeowners will be notified when the inspections will begin in their neighborhoods, and they also can schedule free assessments to learn more about wildfire preparations.

“The wildfire threat to the city of Boulder has been well documented,” according to the news release. “The recent California wildfires underscore the need to take action by fully assessing our risk.”

Staff said this is one of the first steps in the city’s creation of a “fire adapted community,” which also includes building resilient landscapes and improving fire response. Community members can contact wildland fire division chief Brian Oliver at 303-441-1885 or wildfire operations specialist Jamie Carpenter at 303-441-3368 — or visit bouldercolorado.gov/fire-rescue/wildland-home — for more information.

More broadly, an assessment released late last year by the Colorado State Forest Service found that about 60% of Boulder County’s population lives in danger of wildfires.

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