Wildfire Evacuation Kit checklist from Summit County’s Fire Departments




Wildfire Evacuation Kit checklist from Summit County’s Fire Departments

At a minimum, have the basic supplies listed below. Keep supplies in an easy- to- carry emergency preparedness kit that you can use at home or take with you in case you must evacuate.

  • Water—one gallon per person, per day (three-day supply for evacuation, two- week supply for home)
  • Food—non perishable, easy- to- prepare items (three- day supply for evacuation, two-week supply for home)
  • Flashlight
  • Battery -powered or hand- crank radio (NOAA Weather Radio, if possible)
  • Extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Medications (seven-day supply) and medical items
  • Multi- purpose tool
  • Sanitation and personal hygiene items
  • Copies of personal documents (medication list and pertinent medical information, proof of address, deed/lease to home, passports, birth certificates, insurance policies)
  • Cell phone with chargers
  • Family and emergency contact information
  • Extra cash
  • Emergency blanket
  • Map(s) of the area

Consider the needs of all family members and add supplies to your kit. Suggested items to help meet additional needs are:

  • Medical supplies (hearing aids with extra batteries, glasses, contact lenses, syringes, cane)
  • Baby supplies (bottles, formula, baby food, diapers)
  • Games and activities for children
  • Pet supplies (collar, leash, ID, food, carrier, bowl)
  • Two -way radios
  • Extra set of car keys and house keys
  • Manual can opener
  • Whistle
  • N95 or surgical masks
  • Matches
  • Rain gear
  • Towels
  • Work gloves
  • Tools/supplies for securing your home
  • Extra clothing, hat and sturdy shoes
  • Plastic sheeting
  • Duct tape
  • Scissors
  • Household liquid bleach
  • Entertainment items
  • Blankets or sleeping bags

Additional supplies to keep at home or in your kit based on the types of disasters common to your area:

Wildfire planning tips from Summit County’s Fire Departments


Wildfire planning tips from Summit County’s Fire Departments

Before a Wildfire Threatens

  • Plan more than one escape route from your home or subdivision by car and by foot.
  • Prepare a family evacuation kit that includes:
  • Three changes of clothing and a change of footwear per person and one blanket or sleeping bag per person
  • A three-day supply of food and water (food that won’t spoil)
  • A first aid kit that includes your family’s prescription medications
  • Emergency tools including a battery-powered AM/FM radio, flashlight and plenty of extra batteries
  • Extra car keys and a credit card, cash, or traveler’s checks
  • Sanitation supplies
  • Special items for infants, elderly or disabled family members
  • An extra pair of eyeglasses/sunglasses

Important family documents:

  • Will, insurance policies, contracts, deeds, stocks, bonds
  • Passports, social security cards, immunization records
  • Bank account numbers
  • Credit card account numbers and companies
  • Inventory of valuable household goods, important phone numbers
  • Family records (birth, marriage, death certificates)

Pick two meeting places for your family:

  • A place a safe distance from your home.
  • A place outside of your neighborhood in case you can’t return to the area of your home.

If you are warned that a wildfire is threatening your area

  • Back your car into the garage or park in an open space facing the direction of escape. Shut doors and roll up windows. Leave the key in the ignition.
  • Confine pets to one room. Make plans to care for your pets in case you must evacuate.
  • Arrange temporary housing at a friend or relative’s home outside the threatened area.

If you’re sure you have time, take these steps to protect your home Inside

  • Close windows, vents, doors, venetian blinds or non-combustible window coverings and heavy drapes.
  • Shut off gas or propane. Turn off pilot lights.
  • Move flammable furniture into center of the home away from windows and sliding-glass doors.
  • Turn on a light in each room to increase the visibility of your home in heavy smoke.


  • Seal attic and ground vents with pre-cut plywood or commercial seals.
  • Remove gas grills from decks and patios, place propane tanks in garage.
  • Place combustible patio furniture inside.
  • Connect garden hoses to outside taps, leave in obvious location for firefighters.
  • Place a non-combustible ladder on house for access to roof for firefighters.
  • Remove firewood or any other stored combustibles near your home.
  • Remove all shrubs within 15 feet of your home.

If advised to evacuate, do so immediately and safely

  • Wear protective clothing-sturdy shoes, cotton or woolen clothing, long pants, long sleeved shirt, gloves and a handkerchief to protect your face.
  • Take your evacuation kit.
  • Lock your home.
  • Tie a white towel, sheet or ribbon on your front door; this advises emergency responders that your home has been evacuated.
  • Tell someone when you left and where you are going.
  • Choose a route away from fire hazards. Watch for changes in the speed and direction of fire and smoke.

For more information or if you have any questions, call or stop by any of our fire stations!

What’s with all of those log piles?

Lake Dillon Fire’s own Steve Lipsher interviews Lathan Johnson for Summit County TV about all of the log piles in Summit County. Good stuff!


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Wildfire Information

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Life in the high country includes preparations for the threat of wildfires. Lake Dillon Fire-Rescue maintains a robust program to assist businesses, property owners and visitors to prepare for wildfire. All Lake Dillon Fire-Rescue firefighters are wildland certified and routinely deploy to assist in fighting wildfires nationwide to help others and hone their wildland skills to ensure readiness should Summit County be threatened by fire.

Among the key findings in the Lessons from Waldo Canyon report produced by the Fire Adapted Communities Coalition are:

  • Creating and maintaining effective defensible space around homes and businesses, and using ignition-resistant construction techniques are critical to reducing a building’s risk of igniting.
  • A community-wide approach to wildfire preparedness that includes all stakeholders substantially improves the chances of successful mitigation efforts. The Colorado Springs Mitigation Section is a good example of this approach. Their actions reduced the number of homes destroyed or damaged during the Waldo Canyon Fire.
  • Using fuels management tools to reduce flammable vegetation found around neighborhoods and in more remote areas is an effective way to reduce the spread of a wildfire.

See the accompanying video here.

Ready, Set, Go! Colorado

Lake Dillon Fire is teaming up with the national Ready, Set, Go! program to encourage citizen preparation for the possibility of a catastrophic wildfire.

Summit County’s Community Wildfire Protection Plan

Officials from Summit County, local fire districts, state and federal forest agencies, towns and others joined forces to develop the community’s wildfire protection plan. This national model for wildfire protection planning is an extension of the Healthy Forest Restoration Act authorized by Congress in 2003. Since the plan’s inception, the Wildfire Council and staff have continually reviewed and refined the SCCWPP to meet the community’s changing needs concerning wildfire protection. The close collaboration between the county, the fire protection districts, the Colorado State Forest, the U.S. Forest Service and the towns makes this an extremely effective program.

Summit County’s Community Wildfire Protection Grant Program

Since 2006, the Board of County Commissioners, through the Summit County Wildfire Council, has provided matching grants to eligible homeowner groups to conduct hazardous fuels reduction projects.  The next Hazardous Fuels Reduction Grant application period will be from April 1 – 30, 2013.  For more information, call 970-668-4140.

Living with Wildfire in Colorado

FEMA Wildfire Preparation Fact Sheet

Wildfire Mitigation Office:

  • The Wildfire Mitigation Office provides site-specific wildfire threat assessments, issues controlled burn permits and ensures construction projects in Summit adhere to applicable County wildfire regulations.

Lake Dillon Fire-Rescue Wildfire Assistance:

  • Lake Dillon Fire-Rescue wildfire specialists are available to property owners, businesses and organizations for site-specific wildfire consultations. Lake Dillon Fire-Rescue personnel can provide insights regarding site-specific preparations, instructions on how to prepare a property to facilitate wildfire defense and can assist groups, businesses and families to develop evacuation procedures. For consultations or assessment assistance, please contact pio@ldfr.org.
  • Lake Dillon Fire-Rescue personnel also routinely engage in county-wide pre-planning activities to remain knowledgeable and vigilant about developments that affect the ability of firefighters to operate and gain access in advance of a wildfire threat. Additionally, Lake Dillon Fire specialists are available for free presentations and discussions with homeowners’ associations, civic groups, business organizations and schools about preparing ourselves, our families and our homes for the event of a wildfire.

Colorado Wildfire and Flood Safety Awareness: Wildfire Safety and Mitigation


All wildfires need fuel to burn, typically in the form of dry vegetation, as often occurs in forests, grasslands, and cured wheat fields. Tragically, some wildfires also kill people and destroy homes, vehicles, and other personal property.

If you live near or within a forest, grassland, or wheat field, there are some actions you can take to minimize your vulnerability to wildfires.

If you are a homeowner, the first defense against wildfire is to create and maintain a defensible space around your home. Defensible space is the area around a home or other structure where fuels and vegetation are treated, cleared or reduced to slow the spread of wildfire.

Creating wildfire-defensible zones also reduces the chance of a structure fire spreading to neighboring homes or the surrounding forest. Defensible space also provides room for firefighters to do their jobs when fighting a wildfire.

More information on how to make a defensible space around your home can be found on the Colorado State Forest Service website at http://csfs.colostate.edu/pages/defensible-space.html

During periods of extreme fire danger in forests and rangelands:

  • you should avoid being in areas where you might become trapped by a wildfire.
  • you should avoid the use of matches or anything else which could ignite a fire.
  • make sure that hot parts of motorized equipment, such as mufflers, are not allowed to come in contact with dry grasses or other potentially flammable material. If you become trapped or cut off by a wildfire seek shelter in areas with little or no fuel such as rock slide areas or lakes.

For more information on wildfires and fire safety, please check out the following web addresses:

This article is provided by the Colorado National Weather Service.

Wildfire Danger Class and Color Code


Press release: Brush Creek Fire fully contained, mop-up ongoing




Contacts: USFS/UCR: Bill Kight, 970-930-1178

Lake Dillon Fire-Rescue: Steve Lipsher 970-389-2967

Summit County Sheriff: Taneil Ilano 970-389-2475



This is the last media release for the Brush Creek Fire


SILVERTHORNE, Colo. – Oct. 5, 2015 – The Brush Creek Fire on the Dillon District of the White River National Forest some 12 miles north of Silverthorne was 100 percent contained Sunday evening at 7 p.m. The fire burned 238 acres, as determined by on-the-ground and aerial mapping.


Seventy firefighters remained on the fire on Monday, mopping up all hot spots to make sure the fire is out. At the peak of firefighting efforts, forces included Lake Dillon Fire, the U.S. Forest Service (part of the Upper Colorado River Fire Management Unit or UCR), Copper Mountain Fire, Breckenridge-based Red, White & Blue Fire, Kremmling Fire, Vail Fire, Northwest Fire (based in Park County), Steamboat Spring Fire, Arvada Fire, the Colorado Division of Fire Protection and Control’s (DFPC) Engine and Multi-Mission aircraft, a U.S. Bureau of Land Managment Engine, two Colorado Department of Correctons Juniper Valley and rews, , the Northern Colorado Hand Crew, Alpine Hotshots, along with two contracted water-dropping helicopters.


Management of the fire is under the unified control of the U.S. Forest Service, the Summit County Sheriff’s Office and Lake Dillon Fire.


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Press release: Lake Dillon firefighters extinguish small wildfire – in snow



16 April 2015


Lake Dillon firefighters extinguish a small wildfire on the shoreline of the Dillon Reservoir on April 15 by cutting up burning logs and dragging them to nearby snowdrifts and cutting a fire line around the burn area. Credit: Jeff Berino, Lake Dillon Fire-Rescue

Lake Dillon firefighters extinguish a small wildfire on the shoreline of the Dillon Reservoir on April 15 by cutting up burning logs and dragging them to nearby snowdrifts and cutting a fire line around the burn area. Credit: Jeff Berino, Lake Dillon Fire-Rescue

Contact: Steve Lipsher, Public Information Officer

Office: (970) 262-5209


Lake Dillon firefighters extinguish small wildfire – in snow

Lake Dillon firefighters fought a small wildfire amid snow drifts on the shore of the Dillon Reservoir Wednesday evening, potentially signaling an unseasonably early start to fire season.

“We had two inches of snow in the morning,” said Lake Dillon Fire Deputy Chief Jeff Berino. “I’m amazed that it burned, but it just shows what can happen even at this time of year.”

The fire, confined to about a tenth of an acre in brush and downed trees, was reported about 5:45 p.m. near Giberson Bay on the northwest side of the reservoir. A half-dozen firefighters worked about 45 minutes to put out the fire, just a few hours ahead of an approaching winter storm.

It is believed to have been caused by an unattended campfire, although no culprit was identified.

“We as a community need to be prepared for wildfires at any time,” Berino said, noting that local firefighters currently are refreshing their training and certifications in advance of fire season and advocating that residents make preparations, too.

Among those:

  • Develop an emergency plan, including a way to get reunited with family members if an evacuation is ordered;
  • Pack an emergency kit in the car with toiletries, daily medications, phone numbers, pet food and any other supplies you might need for several days;
  • Review insurance documents for adequate coverage;
  • Scan and save copies of vital documents and irreplaceable family photos in a place other than the home such as the internet cloud;
  • And create “defensible space” clear of flammable vegetation around your home and work to “harden” your home against flying embers.

Property owners may schedule a free defensible-space review with Lake Dillon Fire by calling (970) 262-5209. Additional information is available at www.ldfr.org.



Chipping program a success in first year

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The first year of the free chipping-and-hauling program throughout Summit County was an unqualified success, with hundreds of homeowners taking advantage of clearing excessive slash, trees and branches from their properties. Sponsored by the Summit County Wildfire Council and funded by the county through its 1A fire-mitigation mill levy, the effort exceeded everyone’s expectations. Read more here!

2014 Chip Program Conclusion Flyer

Press release: Lake Dillon Fire tackles string of wildfires in drying grass



1 July 2014


Contact: Steve Lipsher, Public Information Officer

Office: (970) 262-5209



Lake Dillon Fire tackles string of wildfires in drying grass, braces for holiday weekend


Firefighters from Lake Dillon Fire-Rescue, assisted by crews from Copper Mountain Fire and Red, White & Blue Fire, worked Monday afternoon to extinguish three small wildfires along the Heeney Road.

The fires, which were reported shortly before 3 p.m., appear to be related and may have been the result of a faulty vehicle or mechanical activity, but no exact cause could be determined. Each was limited to less than an acre.

“The grasses are still fairly green down there and that helped keep the fires small, but we know that as we reach the hot days of summer the risk increases,” said Lake Dillon Fire Deputy Chief Jeff Berino.

With the Fourth of July weekend just ahead, officials at Lake Dillon Fire want to remind locals and visitors to be very careful with campfires. Never leave them unattended – even  for a minute – keep a way to extinguish the fire close at hand, and douse fires and stir the coals until they are cool to the touch. Additionally, it is your responsibility to know the dangers and the laws about fireworks: Essentially, if it flies or explodes, it’s illegal in Summit County, and local law-enforcement agencies will be vigorous in their pursuit of violators. Fireworks of any type are strictly forbidden in the national forests.