The Vail Fire Curbside Wildfire Hazard Evaluation Program is a tool to help inform residents of the specific risks to their home or business from wildfire. Vail Fire uses a nationally recognized evaluation process to determine specific hazards to the property. The Vail specific evaluation was developed following the guidelines of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 1144 Standards for Reducing Structural Ignition Hazards from Wildland Fire. Each property is evaluated on 20 individual criteria including the general topography, building construction and the landscaping that surrounds the building. Four evaluation criteria are quantitative and the remaining 16 criteria are meets/ does not guidelines ratings. Owners are encouraged to review the evaluations and reduce hazards by maintaining the components that meet guidelines while addressing the categories that do not meet guidelines. Vail Fire is available to meet individually with property owners to discuss ways to meet specific guidelines.
Vail Fire conducted the first town wide wildfire evaluations in 2009 with follow-up evaluations in 2013. The latest round of evaluations began in 2017. Information gathered during the evaluation is shared directly with the property owners to help residents understand potential hazards and ways to reduce the risk. The current round of evaluations will be completed in 2021 and the process will begin over again. Vail Fire conducts the evaluations as a service to the community and is strongly committed to creating a Fire Adapted Vail.