Call Before You Burn

Wildfire officials in Northwest Colorado are reminding farmers and ranchers that they need to follow proper steps when conducting agricultural burns throughout the spring and summer. Agricultural burning plays a vital role in the farming and ranching community, but proper steps need to be taken to avoid potential problems. Prior to igniting any agricultural burn in Routt County, the Routt County Communication Center should be contacted, in Moffat County, farmers should notify the Sheriff’s Department or dispatch and in Rio Blanco County, they should contact Rio Blanco County Dispatch. Those numbers are available below. Farmers an ranchers should provide the following information before starting a burn; location, size of area to be burned, the start and finish time, materials to be burned, and who owns the property. Safety and notification tips are also available below.

Routt County Communications: 879-1110
Moffat County Sheriff/Dispatch: 824-4495
Rio Blanco County Dispatch: 878-9600

Observing the following proactive recommendations provide a safer environment for your agricultural and ditch burning:

  • Know the predicted weather conditions for your burn day – erratic winds can quickly push a fire out of control in dry fuels
  • Don’t burn on windy days
  •  Notify your neighbors
  • Have a shovel and water with you to extinguish the fire
  • Clear and remove debris down to bare soil around power poles and state right-of-way fences to keep fire from damaging these structures
  • Dig a fire line where you want the fire to stop if vegetation is continuous and will carry the fire beyond your planned burn area
  •  NEVER leave a fire unattended

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