Wildfire Risk Reduction Task Force
More than two-thirds of Jefferson County is within a designated Wildfire Hazard Overlay District, which establishes additional criteria for development. Additionally, the County ranks number one in Colorado in terms of the number of homes in high and extreme wildfire risk areas, according to Verisk/ISO Stateline Report - with Evergreen and Conifer ranking among the highest risk areas. At the same time, the County and some local mountain area fire departments are facing finite resources for mitigation and response.
To ensure a thoughtful, collaborative approach, and to address the challenges facing all, in November 2019 the Board of County Commissioners ("Board") agreed to lead and serve as a convener by establishing the Jefferson County Wildfire Risk Reduction Task Force.
Task Force members met monthly, beginning November 2019, and presented their recommendations to the Board on November 11, 2020. The Board expressed their gratitude for your diligent work over the last year and were supportive of moving forward with the task force’s recommendations. Members will reconvene in January 2021 to continue tackling this very important issue facing Jefferson County.
To view the Task Force’s 2020-2021 timeline, click here.
The Task Force typically meets monthly on the third Thursday at 2:00 p.m. Meeting details, including locoted on each agenda.
|November 7, 2019||Agenda|
|December 19, 2019||Agenda|
|January 16, 2020||Agenda|
|February 20, 2020||Agenda|
|March 19, 2020||Cancelled|
|April 16, 2020||Cancelled|
|May 7, 2020 (1st Thursday)||Cancelled|
|June 18, 2020||Agenda|
WebEx Virtual Meeting Connection Details
|July 2, 2020 (Community Education Working Group only)||Agenda|
|July 16, 2020 (Individual Working Groups only)||Webex Virtual Meeting Connection Details|
|August 20, 2020 (Individual Working Groups only)||Webex Virtual Meeting Connection Details|
|September 17, 2020||Agenda|
Webex Virtual Meeting Connection Details
|October 15, 2020||Agenda|
Webex Virtual Meeting Connection Details
|November 10, 2020 (County Commissioners' Briefing)||Agenda|
Recommendation Report and Presentation
|December 17, 2020||No meeting scheduled|
|January 21, 2021||Agenda|
Membership consists of 31 individuals representing County leadership and staff; mountain area fire chiefs, fire fighters, liaisons; and, County business leaders and mountain area community leaders. Current membership, per Resolution No. CC19-350, is listed below.
Membership List (Nov 2019 - November 2020)
|Lesley Dahlkemper, Commissioner||Jeff Shrader, Sheriff|
|Ray Fleer, Emergency Management Director||Aaron Betcher, Fire Management Officer|
|Kate Newman, Deputy County Manager||Jeanie Rossillon, Development & Transportation Director|
|Chris O’Keefe, Planning & Zoning Director||Tom Hoby, Parks Director|
|Jerry Brader, Natural Resources Supervisor||Julie Story, Public Affairs Director|
|Chief Mike Weege, Evergreen Fire||Chief Jacob Ware, Elk Creek|
|Chief Curt Rogers, North Fork Fire||Chief Skip Shirlaw, Inter-Canyon Fire|
|Chief Damian DiFeo, Golden Gate Fire||Captain Paul Amundson, Evergreen Fire|
|Mike Fassula, Volunteer Fire Fighter||Jim King, Fire Marshall, Evergreen Fire|
|Chief Alicia Welch, City of Golden||Brian Banks, U.S. Forest Service|
|Allan Gallamore, Colorado State Forest Service||Leif Carlson, business representative, Arvada|
|Cynthia Latham, business representative, Evergreen||Michele Robbins, business representative, Evergreen|
|Nancy Balter, community representative, Golden||Susan Eagle, community representative, Genesee|
|Shirley Johnson, community representative, Conifer||Jason Slowinski, City Manager, Golden|
|Christina Burri, Denver Water||Garrett Stephens, Jefferson Conservation District|
|Andy Perri, Denver Mountain Parks|
For additional information regarding wildfires and mitigation within the County, and across the state, visit these websites.
Colorado Fire Commission
Enhancing public safety in Colorado through an integrated statewide process focused on the fire service’s capacity to conduct fire management and use, preparedness, prevention, and response activities to safeguard lives, property, and natural resources, and increase the resiliency of local and regional communities.