Fire Ban & Restrictions
The following shall apply to all open fires within the incorporated limits of Town of Mountain Village, as further specified herein, but shall not apply to approved, permanent gas fireplace locations within a residential or commercial building:
- Building, maintaining, attending or using any fire to burn trash, debris, or vegetation, any campfire, warming fire, and charcoal, paper or wood grills;
- Smoking; except within an enclosed vehicle or building or an area at least three (3) feet in diameter cleared of all flammable material and all smoking debris shall be disposed of properly in an enclosed container;
- Fireworks of any kind;
- Operation of a chainsaw or a chop saw for cutting steel without USDA or SAE approved spark arresting devise property installed and in effective working order, and a chemical pressurized fire extinguisher of not less than eight (8) ounces capacity by weight, and one size zero (0) or larger round pointed shovel with an overall length of at least thirty-six (36) inches. The extinguisher shall be with the chainsaw operator. The shovel may be kept with the fueling supplies but readily available for quick use;
- Welding or operating acetylene or any other torch with an open flame; except within an area that is barren or cleared of all flammable material at least ten (10) feet on all sides from the equipment;
- Using explosives requiring fuses or blasting caps.
The following shall be considered exempt from such open fire restrictions:
- Any federal, state, or local officer or member of an organized rescue or firefighting force in the performance of an official duty;
- Any fires contained within liquid-fueled or gas-fueled stoves and fireplaces;
- Campfires or bonfires required in religious ceremonies for which the Chief has granted a valid written permit in advance. (Ord. No. 02-04 § 3)
Permitted actions include:
- Operating a stove, lantern, or other device fueled by liquid petroleum or bottled fuel equipped with a valve that allows the operator to turn the flame on and off.
- Operating an internal or external combustion engine with a properly installed and maintained spark-arresting device in effective working order.
Information on fire restrictions and bans can change rapidly. The most current information can and should be obtained from your local county (San Miguel County) or the U.S. Forest Service.
Federal: The Rocky Mountain Area Fire & Aviation Management lists US Forest Service, Park Service, Bureau of Indian Affairs, and US Fish and Wildlife Service fire restrictions.
State/County: Colorado Division of Fire Prevention & Control lists web links to the counties in Colorado where fire restriction information can be found. *The County Sheriff’s office is your best source for local fire restriction information.
Sign-up and receive emergency notifications by recorded message, text message or email. In an emergency it is absolutely imperative for public safety officials to reach those in the community who are most at risk. San Miguel County public safety officials utilize the CODE RED Community Notification System.
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Receive targeted emergency notifications by text message, email or recorded message through the emergency notification system. The CodeRED Wireless Emergency Notification System is used for general alerts regarding emergency evacuations, road closures, road conditions or severe weather, and is primarily for commuters, visitors, businesses, and residents. A text message will be sent to your mobile device and/or email outlining the nature of the emergency. Sign up for CODE RED by completing a simple online registration form.
Special Air Quality Statement: Air Quality Health Advisory for Wildfire Smoke: portions of southwestern Colorado.
For more information, visit the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.
There are many ways you can stay informed and receive emergency notifications
- Sign Up for CodeRED alerts
- Sign Up for “Notify Me” News Flashes from San Miguel Sheriff’s Office.
- Follow emergency notifications and updates on the San Miguel Sheriff’s Facebook page and @SheriffAlert on Twitter.
- Follow updates on Town of Mountain Village’s Facebook (@townofmountainvillage), Instagram (@townofmountainvillage) and Twitter (@mountainvillage) channels.
To learn more about Emergency Preparedness, click here.
Wildfires can ruin homes and cause injuries or death to people and animals. A wildfire is an unplanned fire that burns in a natural area such as a forest, grassland, or prairie. Wildfires can:
- Often be caused by humans or lightning.
- Cause flooding or disrupt transportation, gas, power, and communications.
- Happen anywhere, anytime. Risk increases with in periods of little rain and high winds.
- Cost the Federal Government billions of dollars each year.
IF YOU ARE UNDER A WILDFIRE WARNING, GET TO SAFETY RIGHT AWAY
- Leave if told to do so.
- If trapped, call 9-1-1.
- Listen for emergency information and alerts.
- Use N95 masks to keep particles out of the air you breathe.
- Town of Mountain Village Evacuation Map
- Mountain Village Emergency and Evacuation Guide
- Telluride Fire Protection District: Ready, Set, Go!
- Be Aware Fire & Water Restrictions PSA
- Fire Restriction Information Chart
- San Miguel Sheriff Office Wildfire Concern and Preparedness
- San Miguel County Health Department Issues Smoke Advisory
- San Juan National Forest Stage 3 Fire Closure in Effect - GMUG Under Stage 2 Restrictions