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Summit County Sheriff's Office

Posted on: August 17, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Pet and Livestock Owners Need Animal Evacuation Plans

If you currently do not have an evacuation plan for you and your animals, please make one.



Date:  August 17, 2020

Contact: Jesslyn Swirka, (970) 668-4192

Wildfire season is in full swing and with many large fires burning it creates a lot of smoke, concern, and need for an evacuation plan. Currently the Williams Fork fire is burning in Grand County, CO and is the closest fire to Summit County. At this time, the fire is not endangering Summit County and there are no evacuations taking place.   

If you feel unsafe or would like to move your animals, please do so and don’t wait for an emergency.   If you currently do not have an evacuation plan for you and your animals, please make one. Plan ahead and know where you would evacuate the animals.  Have several evacuation routes in mind.  If you don’t have your own truck and trailer, make arrangements with local companies, friends, or neighbors. Try to have the ability to evacuate your residence in the least amount of trips possible. One trip is encouraged. 

We are currently not housing animals at the Silverthorne Fairgrounds due to being a small facility.  The fairgrounds will be used for livestock if evacuations are ordered.  If an evacuation is ordered, the Animal Evacuation Hotline (970)668-4143 will be monitored and the Summit County Animal Response Team will be activated to assist those who need help with animal evacuations. 

Evacuation items to consider:


  • Hay, feed, and water for days and weeks if possible. 
  • Extra halter and leads
  • First aid kit items for animals
  • Vaccination & medical records
  • Registration & brand papers

Locations to consider for evacuation of livestock:

  • Friends or Family 
  • Gilpin County Fairgrounds- Gilpin County EOC Mon-Fri 8 AM-5PM (303)515-4342
  • Troublesome Ranch Grand County –Sue Pratt (970)531-1695

For current info on the Williams Fork fire visit or call (970) 445-2910.

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