DENVER - The Property Casualty Insurers Association of America (PCI), awarded a $5,000 grant to Boulder County's Wildfire Partners to support the program's work with homeowners living in high-risk wildfire communities to mitigate and prevent damage to homes from wildfires in the wildland urban interface.
"PCI is a strong supporter of the public/private collaboration forged by Wildfire Partners to help homeowners take steps to reduce the threat of wildfires," said Kelly Campbell, PCI's vice president for state government relations. "Insurers are there to help families rebuild after wildfires, but we know prioritizing preparation before the fire can save homes and lives. We are providing this grant to support the critical mitigation work Wildfire Partners is doing that has proven to make a difference when the sparks begin to fly."
Wildfire Partners was launched in 2014 with more than 35 partner organizations under the leadership of Boulder County with the goal to help homeowners reduce risk to their properties from wildfires. To date 800 homeowners have participated in the program that provides technical expertise and property inspections, grants and a consumer hotline.
"With 1.8 million homes under threat of wildfires in 13 western states, mitigation must be done to protect these home built in high-risk environments," said Campbell. "We hope Wildfire Partners can be a model program for other states to follow in order to better prepare and protect homeowners, renters and firefighters."