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Understanding Fire
Fire scientists study how fires burn and use that information to develop tools and techniques for protecting homes and forests. Understanding fire behavior will help you better prepare your home and property for wildfire. 

How Homes Burn & How Forest Burn iconography  used with permission from University of Nevada, Reno Ext. and the Living With Fire Program. 

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What is a Fire Adapted Community? 
A Fire Adapted Community is a knowledgeable and engaged community working together to prepare for wildfire. Oftentimes, a neighborhood leader serves as the point of contact in the neighborhood, educates neighbors, and empowers the neighborhood to prepare for wildfire.

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What is a watershed and why is it important?
A watershed is a geography including all the tributaries and areas where runoff and groundwater is carried to a main water supply such as the Animas River. Wildfire mitigation can lead to lower severity fire, protecting soil, limiting flooding, and decreasing impacts to our watershed.


Stay up-to-date during incidents

During an event, the main page of the Wildfire Resource Center will direct you to local information when County Emergency Management is activated. If the incident is occurring on public lands, that land managing agency will have updates on their social media.
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What to do with the slash, chips, needles and other debris

This material is also known as woody biomass. Regardless of it's form, it still has useable life. Consider these options for re-use:

  • Donate firewood to families in need
  • Utilize for compost and mulch
  • Stabilize slopes
  • Timber Age for building solutions

Wood mulch is combustible and should have limited use near structures. 

What are burn piles and how do I make one?
Please contact your Fire District to determine if a burn permit is required and to  get advice on burning.
On the day of burning, whether burn permits are required or not, please notify local, non-emergency dispatch so they are expecting smoke. (970)385-2900.