Wildfire Preparedness

A large portion of the Berthoud Fire Protection District’s jurisdiction is in the Wildland Urban Interface (WUI), where residential communities intermix with natural areas. Last year’s Marshall Fire was a stark reminder of the vulnerability of communities in the Front Range. All of our firefighters have extensive training and certification specific to wildland fires and our staff closely monitors the wildfire outlook every year with help of County, State, and Federal resources. We’ve developed a Community Wildfire Protection Plan to identify areas of highest risk and concern based on topography, fuels, access, and homeowner risk. Our firefighters completed several mitigation projects first outlined in the CWPP, to reduce the risk of wildfire in the area. This plan is regularly evaluated and updated, and we work to educate the public to partner with us in creating a safer community. If you reside within the WUI there are a host of preventative measures you can take to lessen your risk. Please refer to the resources on this page, and reach out to us if you have questions or concerns that we may assist you with.

PREVENTING: Prevent wildfires from occurring

VIEW OUR BURN BROCHURE FOR OUTDOOR BURNING SAFETY AND RESTRICTIONS

HELP PREVENT HUMAN CAUSED WILDFIRES

Avoid using outdoor equipment on dry, hot, windy days

Secure tow chains on vehicle to prevent dragging

Only use cooking fires in appropriately designed fire rings

Follow local burn permit ordinances

Don’t use exploding targets for shooting practice

PROTECTING: Protect your property from wildfire risk

VISIT FIREWISE.ORG FOR CRITICAL TIPS ON MITIGATION WORK AROUND YOUR PROPERTY TO REDUCE RISK DURING A WILDFIRE


PREPARING: Prepare for wildfire evacuation before a fire

VISIT INCIWEB TO SEE AN INTERACTIVE MAP WITH CURRENT WILDFIRES AND INFORMATION

Sign up for Emergency Alerts! NOCOALERT.ORG

(Formerly Larimer Emergency Telephone Authority)


PLANNING: Emergency planning is critical

VISIT READY.GOV TO CREATE AN EMERGENCY SUPPLY KIT AND EMERGENCY PLAN


PARTNERING: Neighborhood partnership can create wildfire resistant and resilient communities

PLAN A COMMUNITY CLEAN-UP DAY AND PARTNER WITH YOUR NEIGHBORS TO REDUCE WILDFIRE RISK! VISIT NFPA.ORG FOR MORE INFORMATION.