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New wildfire program launches in Eagle County

Contacts: Eric Lovgren, REALFire® Program Coordinator/Wildfire Mitigation Specialist - Eagle County, eric.lovgren@eaglecounty.us, 970-328-8742

Mark Bergman, Association Executive, Vail Board of REALTORS®, mark@vbr.net, 970-766-1028

June 29, 2016 - Eagle County and the Vail Board of REALTORS® have co-launched REALFire®—a new voluntary wildfire mitigation program that helps property owners identify specific actions they can take to reduce wildfire hazards on their property. 

REALFire offers in-depth property assessments conducted by experienced local fire professionals. Property owners who successfully complete the program will receive a certificate that may help owners address rising insurance premiums and maintain affordable coverage. 

“This program is an important step in the evolution of community-based wildfire mitigation,” said Eric Lovgren, REALFire program coordinator and wildfire mitigation specialist for Eagle County. “As more residents face challenges with insurance, we’re hoping to offer an incentive that may motivate owners to take action, and better prepare our community for wildfires.” 

“Our commitment to the community’s social and economic vitality has always been a cornerstone of our work," said Mark Bergman, association executive for the Vail Board of REALTORS. "By supporting the REALFire program, REALTORS have another avenue to participate in community engagement through the important topic of wildfire.”

REALFire was modeled on the successful Boulder County Wildfire Partners program, through which many residents have been able to obtain or retain home insurance based on their certificate. The program received initial funding from Eagle County, Vail Board of REALTORS, EagleVail Property Owners Association, Berry Creek Metro District and Singletree Property Owners Association.

Residents are encouraged to visit www.realfire.net to learn more about the program and download the application form.