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Open Letter to Angel Fire Village Council and Wildfire Committee

A web search for Angel Fire Wildfire Protection Plan brings up Angel Fire’s CWPP which is filled with alarming images and text declaring Vail Loop and other large parts of the Village as Very High Fire Hazard.

Declaring large parts of the Village as Very High Fire Hazard Risk or even High Fire Hazard Risk is very negative and damaging to Angel Fire property owners. The CWPP(Community Wildfire Protection Plan) published on the Village website declares Vail Loop and other large parts of the Village “Very High Fire Hazard Risk” and “High Fire Hazard Risk.” Publishing that on the world wide web is an invitation for insurance companies to refuse homeowner insurance coverage to Angel Fire residents. This seems to have happened to one of our Vail Loop neighbors. They were denied homeowners coverage recently by several major insurance companies. The reason given was “fire hazard.” In the past 15 years I’ve never heard of any of our Vail Loop neighbors being denied insurance coverage due to fire hazard. I suggest the Village making such alarming declarations may have caused this neighbor problems getting coverage.

Declaring large parts of the Village as Very High Fire Hazard Risk or even High Fire Hazard Risk would almost certainly cause anyone considering visiting Angel Fire or the Resort to have second thoughts. It may even cause them to schedule their vacations to another mountain community that appears safer.

Declaring large parts of the Village as Very High Fire Hazard Risk or even High Fire Hazard Risk would almost certainly cause anyone considering purchasing a home in Angel Fire to have second thoughts. It may even cause them to consider another mountain community that appears safer.

Please stop creating an image of Angel Fire as a tinder box about to explode in flames!

I respectfully request the Wildfire Protection Committee ask the Village to immediately remove such declarations from the Village government website, including all images and text that depict ANY neighborhoods in Angel Fire as Fire Hazard.

Please take a more positive approach like these similar mountain ski resorts that don’t think it’s necessary to declare their communities fire hazards:

Taos Ski Valley

http://vtsv.org/join-in-to-help-the-village-become-a-firewise-community/

Overgrown properties, dead/dying trees, and underbrush close to a dwelling are issues to be resolved.

Red River

http://redriver.org/img/uploaded/files/Final_Comprehensive_Plan.pdf

5. HAZARD MITIGATION GOALS, OBJECTIVES, and IMPLEMENTATION STRATEGIES

Hazard Mitigation Goal 1: Make Red River less vulnerable to hazards, and reduce the number of injuries

and damages from hazards.

Objective 1.A: To prevent and reduce the risk of wildland fires to the Town of Red River.

Aspen

http://www.aspenpitkin.com

Publishes Wildfire Mitigation Guide – Not codified

Breckenridge

http://www.townofbreckenridge.com/index.aspx?page=912

In the aftermath of the repeal of the mandatory defensible space ordinance, the Town Council appointed the Fire Wise Task Force consisting of a number of property owners, a representative from the RWB, and a Town Council member.

Vail

http://www.sterlingcodifiers.com/codebook/index.php?book_id=560

– Use of noncombustible building materials and designs to

reduce wildfire spread is encouraged (Note: not required)

– Class A roof assemblies required; no wood, shake, wood

shingles, or rolled roofing

– Inspections for beetle infested trees or wildfire fuels on

private property

Monarch Mountain

No Wildfire Hazard Declaration

 

Jack Cohen has an excellent video pointing out the most important ways to protect your home from wildfire:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gW4ojYJtGbA

See attached recommendation for:

Angel Fire Village – Dead Diseased and Down policy

Continue to Educate the Public on Fire Mitigation, Home Ignition Zone/Defensible Space, and encourage a Dead Diseased and Down Village policy. This same Dead Diseased and Down policy applies to all undeveloped lots, including those acquired in the future.

The attached 9-7-13 Fuel Modification Feb 2014 Version (with mark ups) applies as Angel Fire Village Ordinance but to ‘New Construction’ only.

This policy is recommended to current residents, but the decision is made by the property owner. Property owners following the below modifications (with mark ups) will be eligible for a ‘Healthy Forest Certificate’.

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