Fire Prevention

fire prevention letter

 

Fire fighting service for Ponderosa Hills is provided by the South Metro Fire District.  Access its website here:
www.southmetro.org.

Emergency Phone: 911
Non-emergency Phone: 720-989-2000

An important fire prevention and conservation resource is The Douglas County Conservatoin District.  Access its website here: www.dcconservation.com

Access its current newsletter here.

Below are recommended ground covers to plan around your residence to help it survive a wild fire.

 

SOUTH METRO FIRE RESCUE AUTHORITY

FireWise Education Groundcover Species List

Elevations between 5,300 and 7,000 feet

Common Name Latin Name Watering Lighting Bloom Month
Creeping grape holly Mahonia repens Low Shade March-May
Kinnikinnick Arctostaphylos uva-ursi Medium Either N/A
Mat penstemon Penstemon caespitosus Low Sun June
Mouse ear chickweed Cerastium strictum Medium Partly Shaded May-June
Northern bedstraw Galium boreale Medium Shade May-June
Pinemat manzanita Arctostaphylos nevadensis Medium Partly Shaded N/A
Rosy pussytoes Antennaria rosea Medium Partly Shaded June
Small-leaf pussytoes Antennaria parvifolia Medium Partly Shaded June

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FireWise Education Low Shrubs Species List

Elevations between 5,300 and 7,000 feet

Common Name Latin Name Watering Lighting Bloom Month
Adam’s needle Yucca filamentosa Medium Partly Shaded June
Antelope bitterbrush Purshia tridentata Low Sun June-Aug
Apache Plume Fallugia paradoxa Low Sun June-Oct
Banana/broad-leaf yucca Yucca baccata Very Low Partly Shaded June
Bog birch Betula glanulosa High Partly Shaded N/A
Buckbrush/Mtn. Lilac Ceanothus fendleri Medium Sun July
Golden currant Ribes aureum Low Filtered April-May
Greenleaf manzanita Arctostaphylos patula Medium Partly Shaded N/A
Little-leaf mockorange Philadelphus microphyllus Medium Sun June
Little-leaf mtn. mahogany Cercocarpus intricatus Very Low Sun N/A
Mountain ninebark Physocarpus monogynus Low Sun June
Native wild rose Rosa woodsii Medium Partly Shaded June-July
Ocean spray/rock spirea Holodiscus dumosus Low Partly Shaded June
Rabbitbrush Chrysothamnus spp. Very Low Sun July-Aug
Redtwig dogwood Cornus stolonifera High Either N/A
Shrubby cinquefoil Potentilla fruticosa Medium Partly Shaded May-Sept
Spanish bayonet Yucca glauca Very Low Partly Shaded June
True mtn. mahogany Cercocarpus montanus Low Sun N/A
Wax flower Jamesia americana Medium Either June
Western sand cherry Prunus besseyi Low Sun May

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FireWise Education Flower Species List

Elevations between 5,300 and 7,000 feet

Common Name Latin Name Watering Lighting Blooming
Aspen sunflower Helianthella quinquenervis Medium Sun
Black-Eyed Susan Rudbeckia hirta Medium Sun July-Sept
Blanket Flower Gaillarida aristata Low Sun July-Sept

 

Blue mist penstemon Penstemon virens Medium

Filtered

May-June
Broom groundsel Senecio spartioides Very Low Sun Sept-Oct
Colorado blue columbine Aquilegia caerulea Medium

Shade

June-July
Columbian monkshood Aconitum columbianum Medium Sun June-July
Common harebell Campanula rotundifolia

Low

Filtered

May-Oct
Dotted gayfeather Liatris punctata Very Low Sun Aug-Oct
Fringed sage Artemisia frigida

Low

Sun N/A
Germander penstemon Penstemon teucrioides

Low

Sun June-July
Geyer onion Allium geyeri

Low

Partly Shaded

June
Leafy potentilla Potentilla fissa Medium

Filtered

Mariposa lily Calochortus gunnisonii Medium Sun July-Aug
Missouri iris Iris missouriensis Medium Sun May
Narrow-leaf chiming bells Mertensia lanceolata Medium

Filtered

May-June
Native beebalm Monarda fistulosa Medium

Filtered

July-Oct
Native yarrow Achillea lanulosa

Low

Partly Shaded

July
Nodding onion Allium cernuum

Low

Partly Shaded

June
Pasque flower Pulsatilla patens Medium

Filtered

March-May
Pearly everlasting Anaphalis margaritacea

Low

Sun August
Porter aster Aster porteri

Low

Sun Aug-Sept
Prairie coneflower Ratibada columnifera

Low

Sun July-Sept
Prairie sage Artemisia ludoviciana

Low

Sun N/A
Purple Coneflower Echinacea purpurea

Low

Sun July-Aug
Sand lily Leucocrinum montanum

Low

Sun May
Scarlet gilia Ipomopsis aggregata Medium

Filtered

June-Aug
Skullcap Scutellaria brittonii Medium

Filtered

Aug-Sept
Small sunflower Helianthus pumilus Medium Sun June-July
Smooth aster Aster laevis

Low

Partly Shaded

Aug-Sept
Smooth goldenrod Solidago missouriensis

Low

Sun July-Aug
Spreading golden banner Thermopsis divaricarpa Medium

Filtered

May
Spring beauty Claytonia lanceolata Medium

Shade

March-April
Sulphur flower Eriogonum umbellatum Medium

Filtered

June-July
Western spiderwort Tradescantia occidentalis Medium

Filtered

June-Aug
Western wallflower Erysimum asperum Medium

Filtered

June-July
Wh. Stemless ev. primrose Oenothera caespitosa

Low

Sun June-Aug
Whiplash daisy Erigeron flagellaris

Low

Sun June-July
Wild blue flax Linum lewisii

Low

Filtered

May-Sept
Wild geranium Geranium caespitosum Medium

Filtered

May-Oct
Yellow columbine Aquilegia chrysantha

Low

Filtered

June-Aug
Yellow stonecrop Sedum lanceolatum Medium

Filtered

July-Aug

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FireWise Education Large Shrubs and Tree Species List

Elevations between 5,300 and 7,000 feet

Common Name Latin Name Watering Lighting Bloom Month
American wild plum Prunus americana Medium Partly Shaded

April

Aspen Populus tremuloides Medium Sun N/A
Boulder raspberry, thimbleberry Rubus deliciosus Medium Partly Shaded April-May
Filbert, beaked hazelnut Corylus cornuta High Partly Shaded N/A
Hawthorn Crataegus spp. Medium Sun May
Mountain mahogany Cercocarpus ledifolius Low Sun N/A
Peachleaf willow Salix amygdaloides High Partly Shaded N/A

 

Pin/fire/wild/red cherry Prunus pensylvanica Medium

Partly Shaded

May
Ponderosa pine Pinus ponderosa

Low

Sun

N/A
River birch Betula fontinalis High

Partly Shaded

N/A
Rocky Mountain maple Acer glabrum Medium

Partly Shaded

N/A
Saskatoon alder-leaf serviceberry Amelanchier alnifolia Medium

Partly Shaded

April-May
Silver buffaloberry Shepherdia argentea Medium

Partly Shaded

April
Tall ninebark Physocarpus opulifolius Medium

Partly Shaded

May
Thinleaf alder Alnus tenuifolia High

Partly Shaded

April

Utah serviceberry Amelanchier utahensis

Low

Sun

May
Wasatch maple Acer grandidentatum Medium

Partly Shaded

N/A
Western chokecherry Prunus virginiana melanocarpa Medium

Partly Shaded

April-May
Western mountain ash Sorbus scopulina Medium

Partly Shaded

May

 

This link provides a list of recommended scrubs and trees for fire prevention.

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