Cottages At Coffeepot - Sedona's 1st Community Certified "Firewise"

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Cottages At Coffeepot Certified "Firewise" 

First Sedona Community To Earn Designation

Cottages At Coffeepot Firewise Certified

Image courtesy of Sedona Red Rock News

Sedona Fire District engineer Cooper Carr left, firefighter Josh Combs, Captain Angel Morales, Aaron Casem, prevention and mitigation officer for the Arizona Department of Forestry, Catherine Knox, head of the Firewise steerage committee, HOA board member Caroline Oreel, HOA board president Gila Hager-Sherman, SFD Fire Marshal Jon Davis, HOA board member Bill Baridon, and SFD Battalion Chief "Buzz" Lechowski recognize the Cottages at Coffeepot neighborhood as the only Firewise USA site in the Sedona Fire District on Saturday, Dec. 5. David Jolkovski/Larson Newspapers

 

Cottages At Coffeepot Borders U.S. Forest Service

Cottages At Coffeepot Gated Entrance

Due to the fact that the Cottages At Coffeepot community borders U.S. Forest Service, it is essential that the community does everything it can to help with wildfire mitigation.  Every year in spring, a memo goes out to the entire community with tips on how to be "Firewise".  We all need to do our part to protect our community from the risk of wildfire.

Wood Shingle Roof

Wood Shingle Roof - 2006

Composite fire-retardant roof shingle

 

Wood Shingle Roofs Needed To Be Replaced

This really came to a culmination when the Brins Mesa Fire broke out on June 17, 2006. This fire was very close to the Soldiers Pass area.  The Cottages At Coffeepot were under evacuation orders.

 It just so happened that the Cottages At Coffeepot Home Owners Association (HOA) was in the midst of deciding on new roofing materials.  

Prior to the composite shingles that the cottages now have, (smaller image upper left), the roofing material was a wood shingle.  Many homeowners wanted to reroof with this same wood shingle.  This all changed with the encroachment of the Brins Mesa Fire.  These shingles have been found to aid in hastening fires.  Most insurance companies will not even insure properties with this type of shingle. Every cottage has replaced the roof with a fire-retardant composite shingle. The upper left is the composite fire-retardant roof shingle that has replaced the wood shingles throughout the Cottages At Coffeepot. They have a 50-year guarantee.

The Cottages At Coffeepot had to be evacuated when it was thought that the Brins Mesa fire was changing direction towards the cottages.  Fortunately, the fire did not encroach any homes in Soldiers Pass.

 

10 Safety Tips To Mitigate Wildfire Risk

Cottages At Coffeepot Firewire Certification

 

5 Action Items To Improve Your Home's Survivability

  • Remove leaves, pine needles, and other flammable material from the roof, gutters, and on and under the deck to help prevent embers from igniting your home.
  • Screen areas below decks and porches with 1/8" wire mesh to help prevent material from accumulating underneath.
  • Cover exterior attic and soffit vents with 1/8" wire mesh to help prevent sparks from entering your home.
  • Enclose eaves to help prevent ember entry.
  • Inspect shingles or roof tiles. Replace missing shingles or tiles.  Cover ends of tiles with bird stops or cement to help prevent ember penetration during a wildfire.

5 Tips For "Firewise" Landscaping Around Your Home

  • Remove dead vegetation and other flammable materials, especially within 5 feet of your home.
  • Keep your lawn hydrated and maintained.  If it is brown, cut it down to help reduce fire intensity.
  • Prune tree limbs so the lowest branches are 6 to 10 feet above the ground to help reduce the chance of fire getting into the crowns of the trees.
  • Move construction material, trash, and woodpiles at least 30 feet away from the home and other outbuildings.
  • Dispose of branches, weeds, leaves, pine needles, and grass clippings that you have cut to reduce fuel for a fire.

 

Shadow Mountain Drive - Cottages At Coffeepot

Cottages At Coffeepot Overhead

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Comments (57)

Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Roy Kelley - I will bet your roof is beautiful.  I like the look of simulated slate.  

Dec 14, 2020 11:02 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Debra Leisek - You are so right.  It is better to be proactive. 

Dec 14, 2020 11:04 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Kat Palmiotti - I am actually watering my pine and juniper trees. We are 4 inches lower than the lowest total we have recorded for rain.   

Dec 14, 2020 11:45 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Sheri:

There are some great tips here on things that can and should be done to help minimize fire damage and be "firewise."  I bet other Sedona communities will earn the Firewise designation, too!

Jeff

Dec 14, 2020 12:52 PM
Eileen Burns
Trans State Commercial RE Ft. Lauderdale/Miami/Palm Beach - Fort Lauderdale, FL
FL Probate Agent, Hotel & Land Specialist

Well deserved feature Sheri Sperry - MCNE® So many updated tips for more communities to engage in right materials to help in all situations:  insurance, fire resistant and so forth.  Your photos are amazing!😎

Dec 15, 2020 06:17 AM
Melanie Cameron
Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage - Wilmington, NC
The Cameron Team

This was very interesting to read, because we don't have to worry about this so much in NC. What a great certification to have.

Dec 15, 2020 06:58 AM
Ricardo Mello

Agree!

Jan 03, 2021 08:00 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Sheri & Rick, great post, and with all the drought conditions, good to hear about Cottages at Coffeepot!   

Dec 15, 2020 02:55 PM
Eileen Begley
Coldwell Banker, DelMonte - Carmel, CA
Monterey Real Estate

Hi Sheri; Good information. We all need to be "Firewise." Would think insurance companies might give a discount for this sort of thing!

Dec 16, 2020 10:42 AM
Ricardo Mello

Agree!

Jan 03, 2021 08:00 AM
Mike McCann - Nebraska Farm Land Broker
Mike McCann - Broker, Mach1 Realty Farmland Broker-Auctioneer Serving Rural Nebraska - Kearney, NE
Farm Land For Sale 308-627-3700 or 800-241-3940

Beautiful are Sheri Sperry - MCNE® and of course great advice.  Get rid of the weeds, debris, deadfall, and needle drop...

Dec 17, 2020 06:55 AM
Tom Bailey
Margaret Rudd & Associates Inc. - Oak Island, NC

Great post Sheri, I learned a lot of fire info. We don't have to worry about fire here, our big thing is hurricanes. I not sure which is a bigger threat!

Dec 18, 2020 07:40 AM
Chris Griffith
Downing-Frye Realty, Bonita Springs, FL - Bonita Springs, FL
Bonita Springs Listing Agent

I had a house on Barcelona and recall watching the fire buring across 89 about 10-12 years ago. I was in Ohio at the time watching the airport cam.  Sure do miss Sedona and dinner at Josephines in Flag!

Dec 21, 2020 04:12 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Chris Griffith - It is a small world! That was probably the Brins Mesa fire.  Our home was threatened but we were in California at the time. Had the wind shifted the wrong way, I was recently told that the fire department was going to protect life only! 

Dec 21, 2020 06:47 AM
Chris Griffith

Yep!  What a scary time. Forest fires are no joke, especially in windy canyons.  I guess I don't have to tell a Californian that! ;-)

Apr 03, 2021 04:18 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Jeff Dowler, CRS - I think you are right.  Hopefully, with more media coverage of this certification, other communities will follow. 

Dec 21, 2020 07:25 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Thanks so much, Eileen Burns!

Dec 21, 2020 07:26 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Melanie Cameron - This is a second home for most residents and some have never had an issue with wildfire.  The main challenge we have is educating our residents. 

Dec 21, 2020 07:29 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Thank you, Joan Cox - We do have to watch this closely because of dry timber.

Dec 21, 2020 07:30 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Eileen Begley - I am sure insurance companies are looking at this. 

Dec 21, 2020 07:32 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Mike McCann - Nebraska Farm Land Broker - You are so right. Debris cleanup could mean the difference of a home still standing after a wildfire.

Dec 21, 2020 07:34 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Tom Bailey - Our biggest challenge is educating 2nd home owners. 

Dec 21, 2020 07:35 AM
Ricardo Mello
Manhattan Miami Real Estate - Manhattan, NY
Manhattan & Miami Real Estate Agent

Love Sedona!

Jan 03, 2021 08:01 AM

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