See the fire danger for the following counties: Routt, Jackson, Grand, Moffat and Rio Blanco in northwest Colorado. Routt County is FDRA Two and conditions are updated on a daily basis.
REPORT A WILDLAND FIRE, CALL 970-826-5037 OR CALL 911
Mt. Werner Water & Emerald Mountain Prescribed Burns
SSFR anticipates conducting prescribed burns of numerous slash piles on Emerald Mountain and around the Mount Werner Water Treatment Plant starting as weather and conditions permit. Read press release.
Community Wildfire Protection Plan - September 28, 2023
The purpose of the Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP) is to minimize the threat of wildfire to human life and well-being and reduce the wildfire risk to community values.
Members of the Routt County community, in cooperation with local, county, state, and federal agencies and other interested parties, have collaboratively developed the Routt County CWPP. The CWPP was developed according to the Healthy Forests Restoration Act (HFRA) of 2003 and the Colorado State Forest Service (CSFS) Minimum Standards for Developing Community Wildfire Protection Plans (2022).
The previous Routt County CWPP was completed in 2010 and was referenced in the completion of this CWPP. The majority of the projects identified in the 2010 CWPP were acted upon or completed. Technical assistance was provided by United States Forest Service (USFS), CSFS, and Routt County Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Department.
The CWPP provides a science based assessment of the wildfire threat in the wildland urban interface (WUI) of Routt County, Colorado. Priorities were defined in four categories:
It meets the CWPP requirements set forth in the federal HFRA, which include:
SSFR Conducts Emerald Mountain Fire Mitigation Project
SSFR is underway implementing a four-year effort to mitigate critical infrastructure and improve wildland fire prevention on Emerald Mountain starting this summer.
“As we’ve seen over the years — recent years, anyway — wildfires are increasingly unpredictable,” said Chief Chuck Cerasoli in an interview. “The biggest concern, and what we saw over in Grand Lake and in other areas, is a fast-moving wildfire that creates these ember storms. They can really land anywhere.”
With grant funding provided by Colorado State Forest Service, chipping equipment has been secured by SSFR to help with fuels reduction throughout the Steamboat Springs Area Fire District.
The two-person wildland fire crew has hit the ground running and is currently working on Blackmer Road. Timber and brush are being cleared approximately 25 feet from the center of the road and large pieces are being bundled in piles for burning, and chipping/removal later.
Over the summer, the local SSFR team will be working their way down the popular trail road as well as on Prayer Flag Rd and Lane of Pain to reduce fuels, creating valuable zones to slow or stop a wildfire. In addition, mitigation efforts using a variety of methods in adjacent neighborhoods, like Fairview and Brooklyn, will be the focus of the reduction program.
A Type-3 Wildland Urban Interface Fire Engine, chipper box truck, and chipper have been added to the department’s arsenal of wildland fire equipment. SSFR seasonal wildland firefighters conduct home assessments, implement mitigation efforts, educate the public and respond/deploy to wildfires.
The Routt County Wildfire Mitigation Council secured Team Rubicon to join in the effort this summer. Thirty to forty members of this veteran led humanitarian organization were split into two teams for work around the Communications Towers at the summit and conducting residential assessments on properties that border city land. Learn more at Routt Wildfire Team Rubicon.