Wildfire Prevention

More than 80 percent of wildfires are caused by humans, so each of us plays a role in preventing a wildfire. It's important to understand wildfire prevention strategies related to camping, campfires, driving, outdoor equipment use, smoking, shooting and more. It's also important to be aware of and abide by current fire restrictions.

Summit County Shooting Range Closure

Due to current fire danger, the Summit County Shooting Range in Keystone is closed until further notice.

Smokey Bear says, "You can help." One less spark, one less wildfire.

Summit County Fire Restrictions

Stage 2 Fire Restrictions are in effect in all of Summit County, effective 12:01 a.m., Friday, Aug. 14, including all White River National Forest lands. Those who violate fire restrictions are subject to fines of up to $1,000.

Prohibited Activities

Under Stage 2 Fire Restrictions, the following activities and uses are prohibited:

  • Fires on private property
  • Fires in designated developed camping or picnic areas
  • Fires within dispersed camping areas or other forested areas
  • Use of a charcoal grill
  • Use of any explosives, including explosive targets and tracer ammunition
  • Inflation or propulsion of a hot air balloon
  • Any type of fireworks display
  • Pile burns, regardless of any previously issued permit from the local fire district or Summit County Environmental Health
  • Operating any internal combustion engine without a properly installed and functioning spark arresting device

Permitted Activities

Under Stage 2 Fire Restrictions, the following activities and uses are allowed:

  • Gas grills and wood pellet grills
  • Use of off-highway vehicles (OHVs); OHVs must remain on designated routes; if parked, OHVs must be in a barren area free of flammable vegetation, within 10 feet of the route or in a designated parking area.
  • Smoking within an enclosed vehicle, trailer or building; smoking outdoors if the individual is at least 3 feet away from any vegetation or other flammable material, such as grasses or pine needles
  • Use of an open-flame torch device; the operator must have immediate access to a minimum 2A:10B:C fire extinguisher and be at least 15 feet from natural vegetation or other flammable material.
  • Use of a chainsaw; the operator must have immediate access to a minimum 2A:10B:C dry chemical fire extinguisher.
  • Any fire contained within a fireplace, stove, wood burning stove, or pellet stove designed for and located within a fully enclosed permanent structure.

Please maintain constant supervision by an adult for all permitted activities.

For information about fire restrictions in other counties, view statewide fire restriction and fire danger information across Colorado.

Wildfire Prevention Strategies

Summit County, in partnership with local towns and the Dillon Ranger District of the White River National Forest, is using a variety of strategies to prevent wildfire. Join us in our efforts by reviewing the info below and taking appropriate action. Help us stop a wildfire before it starts.

  1. Campfires
  2. Vehicles
  3. Smoking
  4. Shooting
  5. Equipment
  6. Debris Burning

Campfire Safety to Prevent Wildfire

  • Check For Restrictions: Find out if local fire restrictions are in place: Stage 1 Fire Restrictions allow campfires only in developed campgrounds, inside permanent fire pits or fire grates. Stage 2 Fire Restrictions prohibit campfires altogether.
  • Build Properly: If no restrictions are in place, build a campfire by selecting a level, open site, away from logs, trees and brush. Clear grass, leaves and needles within 5 feet of the fire's edge. Scoop a depression at the center of the cleared area, and set ring of rocks around the depression.
  • Burn Safely: Keep all campfires small, and always have a shovel and bucket of water nearby. A responsible adult should monitor the fire until it is completely out. Unattended campfires are one of the most common causes of wildfires.
  • Put Out Completely: Drown the fire with water, and stir with a shovel to wet all ash and coals. Feel them with the back of your hand – they should be cool to the touch. Move some dirt onto the fire site and mix thoroughly to create a cool, wet "soup."
More than 80% of wildfires are caused by humans.

Wildfire Prevention Patrol

Summit County has partnered with the U.S. Forest Service, local towns and local fire districts to conduct wildfire prevention patrols. A four-person U.S. Forest Service crew is patrolling the Dillon Ranger District of the White River National Forest throughout the summer.

The crew will conduct campsite monitoring, visitor contacts and fire-prevention messaging throughout the Dillon Ranger District, which is located entirely within Summit County. Crew members inform visitors about U.S. Forest Service and Summit County regulations that protect natural resources and prevent wildfires. Contact with individuals in undeveloped, dispersed campsites is the top priority. In addition to the USFS crew, personnel from the Summit County Sheriff's Office will also conduct fire-prevention patrol work.

The combined effort is being funded by a coalition of local government agencies. Summit County is contributing $86,000 and in-kind services; the local towns and fire districts are contributing an additional $50,000. The Forest Service is providing training, supervision, housing, vehicles and equipment for the USFS crew. Summit County is also conducting public education and outreach on wildfire prevention.

Learn more about Summit County's wildfire prevention patrol.

Wildfire Evacuation Kit

Below is a list of items to consider including in your household's wildfire evacuation kit. The items in your kit may vary depending on the needs and priorities of your household, as well as the circumstances of a given wildfire, such as the scale of the incident and access to food, water and shelter.  
  • Baby supplies (bottles, formula, diapers, baby food)
  • Batteries
  • Can opener
  • Cash
  • Clothing, hats, sturdy shoes
  • Duct tape
  • Emergency blanket and/or sleeping bags
  • Emergency contact information
  • Family contact information
  • First aid kit
  • Flashlight
  • Food: Non-perishable, 3-day supply
  • Games and books
  • Glasses and contact lenses
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Items of sentimental value that could not be replaced
  • Keys: House, vehicles
  • Matches
  • Medical items, devices, records and information
  • Medication: 7-day supply; list of medications
  • Multi-tool
  • Personal documents (proof of address, home lease/deed, passports, birth certificates, insurance policies)
  • Pet supplies: food, leash, carrier, bowl
  • Phone, tablet, laptop and power cords
  • Rain gear
  • Scissors
  • Toiletries and personal hygiene items (toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, deodorant, moisturizer, razor, soap, sun screen, hair brush)
  • Towels
  • Water: 3 gallons/person
  • Whistle
  • Work gloves