Sustainable Communities

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  • Phone: 970-328-8766

    Sustainable Communities
    P.O. Box 850
    500 Broadway
    Eagle, Colorado 81631-0850 

    sustainable@eaglecounty.us


     

     


Wildfire Information

Wildfire Mitigation 

Wildfire mitigation is the act of preparing for a wildfire. Mitigation tactics can include vegetation manipulation, fire resistant construction materials, water supply development, access improvement, evacuation planning, etc.

Eagle County adopted wildfire regulations in January 2003 to provide standards to reduce or minimize impacts of wildfire hazards on properties, the occupants of properties and the occupants of adjacent properties, as well as to facilitate access to buildings by firefighters in the event of a wildfire. These regulations apply to all new development, new construction, and all additions to existing construction. Also, see the Firewise Communities website for recommendations for landscaping, grass seed and other information concerning wildfire mitigation tactics. 

The county has also adopted a Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP). The purpose of this plan is to unite Eagle County and agencies having jurisdiction in Eagle County, including the towns of Vail, Avon, Basalt, Eagle, Gypsum, Minturn, Red Cliff, and the county's five fire protection districts under a single plan. This plan complements local agreements for wildfire protection and aids in implementing a seamless, coordinated effort in determining appropriate fire management actions in Eagle County.  Since its creation in 2005, the CWPP has been the guiding document behind many wildfire mitigation efforts in Eagle County. 

During the summer of 2015, Eagle County contracted a company to map the wildfire hazard on all private lands in unincorporated Eagle County. This map will be used as a tool for implementing wildfire regulations, and to help identify priority areas for wildfire mitigation projects. View the Eagle County Wildfire Hazard Map.

To request a Wildfire Hazard Rating, please contact 970-328-8742 or fax in a completed Request for Wildfire Hazard Rating form at 970-328-7185.

Please consult the Construction Guidelines  for wildfire areas in unincorporated Eagle County.

Fire Restriction Information

The current fire and fireworks restrictions in Eagle County are shown on the table below. Please check with appropriate government agencies to learn more about their fire restrictions. 
This information is updated as conditions change, so please check back frequently before your visit to our area.

A comprehensive listing of fire restrictions in place throughout the state can be found online at www.coemergency.com/p/fire-bans-danger.html. Information on current wildfires in Colorado and around the country is available at www.inciweb.nwcg.gov/

Map of Eagle County land boundaries

Current Fire Restrictions by Location in Eagle County (March 12, 2018)

Open Burn Permit

Open burning permit applications are accepted during the spring and fall depending on climatic conditions and current fire danger.  To request an Open Burning Permit, fill out the appropriate form below: 

Open Burning Permit Guidelines
Open Burning Permit Application 

To request a paper copy, contact:

Community Development
c/o Eric Lovgren
P.O. Box 0179
Eagle, CO  81631
970-328-8742

Additional Information
Eagle County Emergency Management
Planning on Building or Remodeling a Home in Unincorporated Eagle County? (This guide is being updated, and will be posted when it becomes available.) 
Interactive Active Fire Map Viewer
Colorado State Forest Service
Living with Fire

Please email us at sustainable@eaglecounty.us to share your improvement ideas.