Wildfire Prevention

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.

Wildfire Prevention Solstice Party

Kick off summer with friends and neighbors and learn about wildfire mitigation strategies to protect your home, your family and our natural resources.

  • What: Live music, Smokey Bear, wildfire education booths, food trucks, bounce house, face painting, fire trucks, corn hole.
  • When: 5-7 p.m., Thursday, June 21
  • Where: Silverthorne Pavilion, 400 Blue River Pkwy.

Summit County Fire Restrictions

Stage 1 Fire Restrictions are currently in effect in Summit County. For a list of prohibited activities and uses, view the resolution (pdf) passed by the Board of County Commissioners on June 12, 2018. View statewide fire restriction and fire danger information across Colorado.

More than 80% of wildfires are caused by humans.

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: Find out if local fire restrictions are in place: Fire restrictions may allow campfires only in developed campgrounds, inside permanent fire pits or fire grates. Depending on fire risk conditions, restrictions may prohibit campfires altogether.
  • Build: If campfires are permitted, select 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: Keep the fire 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 human-caused wildfires.
  • Out: 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."

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.