Understanding Wildfire in Colorado

Understanding Your Risk from Wildfire

More than half of Coloradans live in communities threatened by wildfire, according to estimates from The Colorado State Forest Service, equal to roughly 2.9 million people.

Wildfire threats continue to increase as more people build homes, operate businesses and recreate in areas where natural vegetation meets development. 

Tools from both the Colorado State Forest Service and U.S. Forest Service can help you understand your level of risk based on where you live.

Colorado State Forest Service
Wildfire Risk Public Viewer

U.S. Forest Service
Wildfire Risk Map

Creating and Emergency Preparedness Plan

Emergency preparedness planning can help you and your loved ones stay safe in the face of crisis, from wildfires to flooding, severe storms and more. Larimer County Extension’s Karen Crumbaker explains key elements of creating an emergency preparedness plan, including:

  • General plan design – 2:03
  • Family communications – 2:50
  • Sheltering in place – 4:38
  • Evacuations – 6:03
  • Emergency supply kits – 7:11
  • Financial documents – 9:51

More Ways to Reduce Your Risk

Protect your home and property from wildfire, minimize structural ignitability and create defensible space with resources from Colorado State Forest Service.

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