Defensible Space for Your Summit County Investment

Summit County is surrounded by open space and trails. From Forest Service, Wilderness areas, Bureau of Land Management lands and county and local facilities, there are close to 300 miles of natural surface trails and 55 miles of county bike paths. In fact, three-quarters of county land is federally managed as National Forest. 

public artwork made from dead and down lodgepole pines

All that land comes with amazing recreational opportunities and fuels an outdoor industry economic engine. But that’s not the only fuel that thousands of acres of trees provide. Yes, where there are trees there can be fire. (See our page on wildfire protection) In fact, lodge pole pines are prevalent in Summit County and count on fire as part of their regenerative cycle. So how can you best prepare when living nestled amongst all this forest? By creating defensible space around your home. When properly executed, defensible space both reduces the amount of fuel available close to your home and can help firefighters with easier access to provide help if and when needed.

The resources are many- from infographics, a Summit County Realtor volunteer workday to provide hands on help for homeowners, all the way to grants to help you fund your defensible space plan at your home. A little planning now goes a long way in case of emergency. 

The Summit County Realtors created this brochure to provide you with a comprehensive guide to wildfire preparedness and resources. 

Summit County has also created this resource to help explain the technical zones of defensible space.

As long time locals and homeowners, the Brokers/Partners at Breckenridge Associates Real Estate have participated first hand in creating defensible space around our own homes and are happy to share what we’ve learned along the way. As always, we are happy to share our expertise with you- and that doesn’t end with home selection. We are here to help you thrive in Summit County!

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