The Colorado State Forest Service is the state agency responsible for wildland fires throughout Colorado. According to The CSFS:
"The prairie ecosystems of Colorado sustain some of the most diverse wildlife populations in the state, and are home to unique hunting and recreational opportunities. In addition, the Colorado plains support a vibrant and vigorous agricultural economy, sustaining local economies and producing food for our nation.
Much of the eastern half of Colorado is part of the Great Plains, a unique grassland prairie ecosystem that extends from Northern Canada to Southern Texas and east from the Rocky Mountain. Prior to settlement, wildfires played a frequent and important role in preserving these ecosystems. Agriculture and development altered this ecosystem and shaped it into today's plains.
Forests on the Colorado plains include riparian forests along the major river corridors, agroforestry plantings for windbreaks and shelterbelts on agricultural lands, plantings for various wildlife and recreational areas, and community forests in cities and towns. Except for the naturally occurring riparian forests, most of the trees on the plains have been planted to modify the harsh, windy environment and make it more suitable for humans, animals and crop production.
As Colorado's population continues to grow, significant and rapid construction expands into once "wild" prairie and forested landscapes. The increasing number of homes and traffic in these areas brings a heightened risk of accidental fire starts and escapes. Grasses are dry during much of the year; they ignite quickly and fire spreads rapidly. Having your home or property on or adjacent to these abundant dry fuels puts you and your property at risk. Residents need to know what measures to take to help reduce wildfire risks
The Fire Wise Program educates homeownerson how to make their homes and property safer from wildfires. The logo on the left is a link to helpful information and guidance that can be used to help mitigate for wildland fires in the Eastern Plains of Colorado.
Individuals living within the wildland/urban interface can take steps to reduce the risk of fire losses. For example, you can create a Safety Zone around your home or business by doing the following:
What do I do?
Be aware of fire risks and take responsibility for your use of fire.