Fire Protection in Gilpin County
- Slash burning ordinance passed by Gilpin County Commissioners as of Dec 20, 2011. Burning slash can be a cost-effective method of reducing hazardous fuels on private lands.
Burning without the permits will result in fines.
For more information, read the Slash Burning Guide.
- Gilpin County Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP) – on Gilpin County website
- Gilpin County fire protection is provided by volunteers from Gilpin County. Volunteer today — call Timberline Fire Protection District at 202-582-5768.
Home defensible space/fire mitigation
- NEW- Presentation from 2017 class: Retro-fits to Reduce Structural Ignitability (or how to harden a home for less than $500). By Keith Worley, Forestree Development, LLC
- Wildfire Defensible Space Check Sheets by CSFS
- FIrewise Construction: Site design and building materials
- Fire resources from CSU Extension (click for many more resources)
- Home Wildfire Mitigation by Jim Crawford
- Order a reflective metal address sign through the High Country Fire Auxiliary — help your volunteer firefighters find you! Cost is $15, to order call: 303-582-9990.
- Fire Resources for Homeowners
- Fire mitigation info and more from the Colorado State Forest Service
- Think about using the roads in the County as fuel breaks. Thin to create a shaded fuels break (you own the trees alongside County roads in many cases, not the County)
- You can subtract up to $2500 from your state tax bill for performing wildfire mitigation on your property. Use the Wildfire Mitigation Subtraction Sheet for more information.
- Gilpin Sheriff’s Office Emergency Preparedness Guide and Gilpin County Sheriff website
- How to Prepare for a Wildfire– FEMA
- Grab List Recommendations– pdf version
- Grab List Recommendations- Word – type in your list!
- Wildfire Preparedness Resources (sheet with lots of helpful links)
- Gilpin Wildfire Preparedness Sheet to put on refrigerator
- Communication Plan – know how to communicate with family and friends in a fire
- Family Contact Card
- Financial emergency preparedness fact sheet with worksheets
- Ready Colorado fire and evacuation planning and resources
- Plan for pets
- Plan for livestock — visit the Gilpin County Animal Response page
- Make a plan for people who can’t evacuate themselves – sign up for evacuation assistance in Gilpin County.
2-part webinar series (approximately 1 hour each) on Defensible Space is not Moonscape!
- “Wildfire! Preventing home ignition” Excellent, thought-provoking video – what you can do to keep your home from catching on fire, even in the case of a crown fire.
- Preventing disaster: Home Ignitability in the Wildland-Urban Interface – another video on what you can do to reduce the risk of your house burning down.
- Ember storm demonstration — a four minute video that shows how a house can catch fire from flying embers in a wildfire. Three different sidings and two different roof types are tested.
- Burning Down the House – How to Keep Your House from Burning Down in a Wildfire, from Boulder County Firefighters Association
- Wildfire Preparedness Resources
- Fire outlook for the Northern Rocky Mountains
- More fire outlooks: http://www.rmacc.info/
- Lodgepole pine fire behavior – with and without pine beetle