• Remove overhanging trees (not just branches), pine cones, needles, bushes, weeds and other flammable debris from under decks and within 15 feet of your home. 
  • Keep roof, chimney, gutters.. clear of  pine cones, needles, leaves and other flammable debris.
  • Never store a woodpile inside your garage or next to your home. Keep your woodpile at least 30 feet away! Not only is this a fire hazard, but woodpiles invite wood ants and rodents into your home.
  • In summer months keep a 100 foot garden hose attached. 
    Keep fire tools available; flashlight, shovel, rake, ladder.
  • Reduce density of trees and bushes within 30 feet of your home and cut branches 10 feet from the ground.
  • Remove obstacles, overhanging tree limbs, bushes and wires from your driveway, that can prevent firefighters from reaching your home.
  • Never mow when the NFDRS fire danger rating is High to Extreme. Sparks from mowers can cause fires!
  • Make sure your address is easily readable from the street.​
  • Remove all dead trees, branches and bushes within your property line.
  • Be prepared to evacuate with a 20 minute warning; Only important papers, pets, overnight kit and yourselves!
  • Be Colorado Fire Wise.


Wildfires destroy hundreds of homes and acres of land every year across the country. Fire-wise planning is an effective tool that creates an area of defensible space between your home and flammable vegetation to protect against devastating fires.

The United States Fire Administration encourages you to keep fire safety at the forefront by learning how to maintain your property to minimize possible fire damage and slow fires if they start. Fire safety is your personal responsibility. Fire Stops With You!

Quick Fixes

These are relatively inexpensive solutions easily carried out by the home or property owner. No matter which zone of hazard, these should be performed immediately, not when a fire is approaching.




Estes Park, CO

​OutLot History

The outlots provide those living in Fall River Estates with access to both Rocky Mountain National Park and the Fall River without impeding on private property.

In 2003 the Fall River Estates HOA entered into an agreement with the Estes Valley Land Trust to ensure that the outlots were protected from future development. While the Land Trust does protect the lots from development, the Home Owners Association is still responsible for any maintenance on the lots. In the past, the HOA has sprayed the trees against the pine beetle and now the Land Trust has requested that the HOA treat the noxious weeds that were growing and spreading on the outlots.

Weed Treatment

Timing is important in noxious weed control.  The key is to treat noxious weeds after they have emerged but before they can spread their seeds. Additional treatments are sometimes needed to eliminate noxious weeds that emerge after the preliminary treatments. The recommendation was that our outlots would require an additional late season treatment since some of the noxious weeds found were late blooming.

It is also recommended that homeowners do their part in reducing the number of noxious weeds in our area. Seeds spread easily and will continue to infest the outlots if the noxious weeds are allowed to grow on private property.

The seven outlots within Fall River Estates, total 4.37 acres. Some of the weeds found and treated include: Musk Thistle, Canadian Thistle, Knapweed, Mullen, Dalmatian Toadflax and a couple of small patches of Cheat Grass.  It is good to get the Cheat Grass while there are only small amounts as it can really take over fast if left untreated.

Future Recommendations

Our treatment vendor has advised that it takes about 3 years to really get the noxious weeds under control and while each year should require less and less treatment, annual maintenance is required.