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WELCOME summer monsoonal moisture. I've missed you!

Moisture returns with wildflowers in full bloom and a chance to beat the 'well above average' July temperatures forecast across much of the country. Honestly, I could live without the thunderstorm associated lightning which can spark new wildfires and of course the hail.  There is also the increased risk of post-wildfire flash flooding, which is a concern for us all and a reason to persevere in our fire adaptation efforts. Historic floods in Montana this June, in Helena and a mudslide over Willow Creek Pass in Grand County this past weekend, are among the recent headlines reminding us that Wildfire Burn scars are a flood risk

While the NOAA Seasonal Precipitation Outlook for July through September isn't offering Coloradans favorable predictions for above-average moisture, the monsoon seems to have arrived in my south-central locale and the Wet Mountain Valley is living up to its name - at least for now. 

I hope your July mitigation forecast includes cooler temperatures, so you can get outside and safely operate those chain saws, chippers, lawn mowers and koozies. Cheers!



Opportunity Fund Updates

In June we ran a Wildfire Awareness and Preparedness month newsletter story and told you about two FACO members, Fire Adapted Bailey and Platte Canyon FPD, who worked with partners to hold two Personal Evacuation Planning Workshops with 134 attendees. Platte Canyon FPD and WiRē also completed their outreach efforts in the Burland Subdivision, with their award and are using their remaining opportunity funds to offset costs in their free community curbside chipping program. These two projects were supported with FACO's  FACO Opportunity Fund.

Wildfire Adapted Partnership also recently completed an Opportunity Fund project to create an ArcGIS story map for their organization. Learn more about the story of WAP and the communities they support at WAP: Adapting to Wildfire in Southwest Colorado Story Map

Two Rivers Wildfire Coalition is another FACO member making steady progress with a little bit of help from an Opportunity Fund award to provide initial outreach and project signage. TRWC was awarded $2,660 as part of the total $17,810 awards given by Fire Adapted Colorado to nine agencies in 2022. 

2022 FACO Membership Renewal Reminder

Thank you to the following organizations for renewing their FACO membership:

Renewals are Quick, Easy and FREE!

Active FACO members are eligible for $50 discounts off the 2023 Colorado Wildland Fire Conference registration.

If we've missed you, or the primary contact for your organization has changed, please reach out to, so we can send you the renewal form link, where you can:
  • Change the Primary Contact for your organization, (if needed)
  • Review and update contact information for your organization, (anyone that should be on our mailing list and Podio site)
  • Make changes to your FACO website Directory Listing (or request changes)

Fire Adapted Colorado would like to hear about about what your communities are doing to prepare for wildfire, drop us  your success story.



Fire Information for Resource Management System US / Canada  NASA | LANCE | FIRMS US/Canada

Gallinas-Las Dispensas Prescribed Fire Declared Wildfire Review, Santa Fe National Forest, Southwestern Region

FACNET Resource Round-Up: Insurance - June 23, 2022 Fire Adaped Communities Learning Network Blog

CO Wildfire Legislation Updates tracker - last updated 6/15; courtesy of Western Resource Advocates' Senior Policy Analyst Rachael Hamby

Wildfire Commission Members - On July 7, the Biden Administration announced the selection of members to the Wildland Fire Mitigation and Management Commission


July 18, 1:00-2:30PM
FACO Members Call

August 31: 11:59PM
Call for Speaker proposals set to close for the 2023 Colorado Wildland Fire Conference.

Sept. 19-21, Chico Hot Springs in Pray, Montana
Western Collaborative Conservation Network CONFLUENCE workshop: Join collaborative conservation professionals and enthusiasts to learn more about: Measuring Collaborative Impact, Emerging Leaders in the Conservation Field, The Power of Storytelling & Media, Conservation Finance,Skills for Successful Collaboration, & Cross-Cultural Partnerships. Find out more and Register.

November 15-18, Asheville N.C.
5th Annual Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy Workshop including a pre-conference Community Wildfire Mitigation Best Practices training.

November 14, Virtual
Rocky Mountain Regional Wildfire Smoke Symposium

April 11 - 14, 2023, Fort Collins CO
2023 Colorado Wildland Fire Conference: Accelerating Adaptation & Managing Expectations


The Ember Alliance is looking to hire Resilient Communities and Forests Program Director and Call-When-Needed Wildland Fire Training Instructor.

WiRē is accepting applications for a Wildfire Mitigation Specialist contractor position. This is a one-year contract position with the possibility of renewal after one year.


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