POA Forest Health & Wildfire Mitigation Committee
The SFTR Forest Health and Wildfire Mitigation Committee (FHWMC) organizes community-wide mitigation and educational projects; promotes a healthy and resilient forest; renews and implements the CWPP, applies for grants/funds for mitigation/education/forest health projects, and establishes partnerships with community neighbors, other POA committees, local government and emergency services.
The FHWMC meets on the third Thursday of each month (time and location varies so check the calendar on this website for the latest info). We are always looking for new members! Minutes of the committee meetings are maintained and posted on the SFTR POA website under “FHWM Committee”.
Points of Contacts for the FHWMC are:
- Defensible Zones
- SFTR Firewise Info
- SFTR Fire 101 Video
- SFTR Evacuation Training - June 4, 2022
- Proposed Fuel Breaks (also included in Documents below)
- Proposed Mitigation Work (also included in Documents below)
- Mitigation Work Completed through 2016 (also included in Documents below)
- FPFPD Smoke Spotting Class Write Up (also included in Documents below)
- FPFPD Fire Drill Write Up (also included in Documents below)
- CWPP Renewal (underway)
- Oak Park Mitigation (March-April)
- On April 23, 2022, the Forest Health and Wildfire Mitigation Committee (FHWMC) collaborated with the Fishers Peak Fire Protection District (FPFPD) to host a smoke spotting class. This class, open to residents from both Santa Fe Trail Ranch and neighboring Trinidad Lake Estates, taught participants how to identify and report smoke. At the end of the class, participants asked the presenters general fire questions and then enjoyed a tour of the fire station. The FPFPD provided a drone flying demonstration and allowed folks to view the live footage from inside their new mobile drone command center. Since fires do not adhere to boundaries, one of the benefits of this class was to initiate collaboration between the two ranches in a variety of areas including, but not limited to, smoke spotting, training opportunities, mitigation efforts, and possible evacuation routes between the neighborhoods.
If you would like to see the classroom portion of the presentation, please visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eDFVcbSB4hk. For more information on upcoming trainings, mitigation efforts, FireWise, or joining the FHWM committee, please contact Michelle Blake at @email If you would like to volunteer for the FPFPD (they really need folks) please visit fisherspeakfire.com to learn more.