Wildland Fire Plan

In the event of an uncontrolled wildland fire that is within our town limits or within three miles of our town limits, we may institute voluntary or mandatory evacuation orders.


If evacuation from the town is possible and safe, evacuees will be instructed to leave the town by a prescribed route:

  1. Mountain Village Boulevard, if open and passable.
  2. Boomerang Road to the Valley Floor.
  3. Benchmark Road into Ski Ranches.
  4. Telluride Trail into Telluride.
  5. Lift 10 route through Alta Lakes.
  6. Gondola into Telluride.
  7. Old Adams Ranch Road entrance (available when directed by local authorities).


If evacuation from the town is not possible or safe, evacuees will be instructed to go to a safe area. All identified locations have either natural or man-made protection from a wildland fire. Please review associated town maps to understand the locale of the landmarks listed below.

  1. The Peaks Resort & Spa located at 136 Country Club Dr, Mountain Village, CO 81435.
  2. Mountain Village Center (e.g. Telluride Conference Center) located at 580 Mountain Village Blvd, Mountain Village, CO 81435.
  3. The fifth, tenth or eleventh fairway on the Telluride Golf Course. This area is bordered by Adams Rand Road, Russell Drive, and Double Eagle Drive – all barriers to encroaching fire. This area is also served by a water sprinkler system.

Evacuation Procedures

All available town field staff shall be mobilized to make notifications to residents and visitors. Evacuees will be instructed as per the sections above.

  • The Mountain Village Police Department shall be in command of any notification and/or evacuation plans activated.
  • Notification to residents and visitors shall be made using a grid pattern to ensure that no person or occupied structure fails to receive notification of a wildland fire. To assist with evacuation notifications, Emergency Alert Systems will be activated, which includes the SMC Alert and Warning system. Mountain Village staff will use its ReadyOp text message notification system in tandem with SMC Alerts to share messaging with the community.
  • The local radio station, KOTO-FM, shall be notified of any activated evacuation procedures.
For additional information regarding wildland fire emergency operation plans, visit San Miguel County's wildfire website.
Cellular networks may be congested during a wildfire, but text messages are more likely to go through than phone calls. Technology is not 100 percent effective, however, and if you see smoke or flames, evacuate immediately.

Wildfire Preparedness

The San Miguel County Resident Evacuation Guide tells residents how to prepare for and carry out a wildfire evacuation. San Miguel County is a member of the West Region Wildfire Council. Members represent private citizens, local, county, state and federal agencies with an interest in, and a commitment to addressing wildfire risk across the region. For information on mitigation and available grants, please visit their website.

Helpful Regional/National Wildfire Resources