Archived Home Page Articles
These former Home Page articles are somewhat dated. They have been archived to this page and will eventually be deleted.
Firewise Educational Meeting
The Douglass Ranch Firewise Committee is sponsoring a Defensible Space informational presentation by Aaron Betcher, Jefferson County Fire Management Officer.
The presentation will be at the Elk Creek Elementary school Tuesday evening October 16 from 7:00 to 8:30.
9/24/18, updated 9/28
The Douglass Ranch Board of Directors is planning on an Annual Board meeting on Wednesday November 7th at the Meadow Creek B&B from 6:30 to 8:30 PM.
Shaded Fuel Break Proposed
The Firewise Committee discussed shaded fuels breaks on Monday, 3/6/18. Shaded fuel breaks are recommended for Douglass Ranch in two documents:
Implementing shaded fuel breaks requires expertise to plan and to implement. In other words funding is needed to make shaded fuel breaks for the neighborhood.
The consensus was to propose a way forward to the DR Board of Directors and seek a means to fund such a task. An email was sent to the Board on Wednesday 3/7/18 which you can read here.
As of this writing, no decisions have been made.
Firewise at Douglass Ranch
3/27/17, 4/14/17 updated
A Douglass Ranch Firewise Community exploratory meeting was held Monday, 3/27/17, at the Washburn residence with good attendance.
Discussion focused on the neighborhood's interest in establishing a Firewise Community. Homeowner and community-level mitigation ideas were part of the discussion.
A set of slides presented at the meeting are available here.
Minutes of the meeting can be viewed here.
DR Firewise Page
5/10/17, updated 6/17/17
New Douglass Ranch Firewise Community web site pages are here.
A new Wildfire Hazard map can be found here.
Jeffco P&Z Announces Pond Grading Permit
A recent mailing from Jeffco Planning and Zoning described a Grading Permit application for a permanent pond on the Podd property to the east of Douglass Ranch POA.
Some additional details, including a site plan, are available at the Jeffco P&Z permit search web page.
The case number is 17-132195GP.
DR Firewise Committee Meeting
The first 2018 meeting of the Douglass Ranch Firewise Committee was held on Thursday, May 3rd.
The renewal of Firewise status for Douglass Ranch was discussed. Neighborhood 'educational outreach' and 'mitigation' efforts need to be completed.
Minutes from the meeting can be viewed here.
DR Enforcement Policy Amended
The Enforcement Policy for Douglass Ranch POA has been amended as of 21 March 2018.
The Policy's fine structure has been revised. The amended Policy is available here.
Glenelk No Trespass Request
The Glenelk Association has requested compliance to their no trespass policy.
The Glenelk borders may be viewed on this map.
Douglass Ranch Firewise Recognition
The designation signifies that the community is aware of the potential for wildfire and has proactively worked at reducing the impact of wildfire. This last summer the residents worked together to remove roadside vegetation along DR Drive. Additionally a number of residents made significant efforts at clearing their land of brush and tree overgrowth. Several residents made enough of an effort to request a re-evaluation of their property's wildfire risk assessment rating.
At least one insurance company (USAA) offers a rate reduction for the Firewise designation.
A Firewise community is no small achievement. Keeping the designation requires annual mitigation efforts by homeowners and by the neighborhood at large.
A long term plan (aka: multi-year action plan) was submitted with the Firewise application. Next year's goals are mitigation along the roadside of private drives and a vigorous start at a shaded fuel break on either the east or west side of the neighborhood.
Look for the Firewise recognition sign to be displayed near the entrance to Douglass Ranch this spring.