Wilcox Building Construction Notice: The west doors of the Wilcox Building, located at 301 Wilcox Street in Castle Rock, will be limited to ADA/ramp access ONLY from August 9 to 25. All other visitors to the Wilcox Building will need to use the alternate entrances during construction.
Many homes in Douglas County have significant wildfire hazards for the same reasons they are appealing: lots of vegetation and private settings in relatively remote areas. Even the planned communities have larger lots with significant amounts of undisturbed natural vegetation left near the home site.
These attributes, while making the homes more desirable, also present risk factors that must be taken into account. The most typical tree species in Douglas County is the ponderosa pine. The most common brush-type species is the Gambel, or scrub, oak. These two species are often found living together in mixed stands that can cover many acres of continuous fuels. They also can occur as islands, or clumps, with prairie grass between the oak and pine.
Each construction project permitted through the Building Division within the Wildfire Hazard Overlay District (Wildfire Hazard District Overlay Map) is subject to the adopted Wildfire Mitigation Standards.
If your home and other structures intermingle with wildland vegetation, you are at risk of being affected by wildfire.
Leaders from the wildfire suppression, mitigation, and forest management professions within Douglas County developed a county-wide Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP), in 2011.
Douglas County is home to several forest community types where forest pests (insects and diseases) may be found.
Even if the primary vegetation around your home is Gambel Oak, your community can still face a substantial wildfire threat.
Forest management and vegetation treatments are designed to increase forest health and reduce fuel loading to prevent infestation and/or loss of our county-owned forests from these disturbance agents.
Informational and educational videos to help you reduce wildfire hazards on your property.
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