Fire Preparedness

   ABOUT RED FLAG WARNINGS
  1. To see if there is a current Red Flag Warning in your area, click here.
  2. Check your county’s info on the left side of this page to see if your County has tied burning restrictions to Red Flag Warnings
  3. Regardless of local ordinances, a Red Flag Warning means that critical fire weather conditions are either occurring now or will shortly. Current conditions can contribute to extreme fire behavior.

 
House Fires
Practice prevention and learn what to do if there is a fire using the information on the American Red Cross Home Fire Safety page.
https://www.redcross.org/get-help/how-to-prepare-for-emergencies/types-of-emergencies/fire.html

Wildfire

The San Luis Valley has been affected by some large wildfires in recent years. In 2013 the West Fork Fire Complex burned in parts of Mineral, Archuleta, and Hinsdale Counties. In 2018, the Spring Fire started in Costilla County and spread to Huerfano County, eventually growing to become the third-largest wildfire in Colorado history.

Protect Yourself

If you live in an area where wildfire is a risk, have a plan for possible wildfire. Know your evacuation route and practice general preparedness as noted on our main preparedness page.

Remember, smoke is a hazard that comes along with wildfire, so if you or a family member has heart or lung disease, including asthma, there are some extra considerations for that. Download this guide to help you.
https://www3.epa.gov/airnow/smoke_fires/prepare-for-fire-season.pdf

Protect Your Property

Structures in forested areas are vulnerable to damage from wildfire. There are steps you can take to mitigate your risk. An investment now could pay off many times over if your home is in an area where a wildfire could occur in the future.
https://csfs.colostate.edu/wildfire-mitigation/protect-your-home-property-forest-from-wildfire/