Fire Permits/Restrictions & Defensible Space


The current fire level is set to Moderate.  

What does the fire danger mean?

The Fire District does not allow control (slash) burning from Memorial Day through Labor Day or when the fire danger is HIGH, VERY HIGH, or EXTREME.  A permit is required to have a control burn and can be applied for through our Community Connect platform.
Recreational (camp) fires are allowed within the District.  A permit is required to have a recreational fire on private property throughout all areas of Summit County and can be applied for through our Community Connect platform.

We recommend you refrain from having a recreational fire when the fire danger is HIGH, VERY HIGH, or EXTREME or when there is a Red Flag or Fire Weather advisory.  


Defensible Space Program

Fire Pit Permits

Summit County Slash Program

Fire Mitigation Projects

  1. White Cloud: for all intents and purposes, this project is done.  Cutting and hauling are fully complete.  We still need to remove the culvert on the private property, which will be done in May when it thaws out a little.  I really appreciate your help and patience throughout this project.  We certainly had some undesirable situations come up but I think the final product is well worth it.
  2. Blue River West: this is a 110 acre handwork (chainsaw) and pile project paralleling highway 9 (map attached).  We prepped the project last summer and hosted a project show-me, but received no acceptable bids within budget.  We will re-bid this project the second week of May and hopefully we will get an acceptable bid this time around.  The contractor will have two seasons to complete this project (till summer 2023). 
  3. Spruce Creek: this is a 12 acre mechanical project with removal right by Spruce Creek trailhead (see map).  These 12 acres were delineated out from the Blue River West handwork project because we can access and remove the wood.  Unfortunately topography and access prohibited us from getting any more out.  Trucks will utilize Spruce Creek Rd to get material out.  It will only be a dozen or two trucks worth and hauling during the summer (not 308 loads during winter like White Cloud) so it will not be as intensive as White Cloud was.
  4. Blue River East: this is a strategic fuel break on USFS lands east of highway 9 (see map).  This project will mostly be handwork, with the possibility of maybe getting a small portion of material removed.  I am starting to look for access points now, but the project will go out to bid late 2023 or 2024.

Fire Mitigation Tips


Courtesy Red, White &, Blue Fire District.

Tips to Protect Your Home From Wildfire

  • Actively manage your roof. Clean roof and gutters of pine needles and leaves at least twice a year to eliminate an ignition source for potential fires. This eliminates an ignition source for firebrands, especially during hot, dry weather.
  • Beyond the initial 15 feet, thin trees to achieve 10-12 foot crown spacing. Occasionally, clumps of 2 or 3 trees are acceptable for a more natural appearance, if additional space surrounds them.
  • Create defensible space on flat ground a minimum of 75 feet around a home. Increase this diameter if the structure is located on a slope.
  • Dispose of all slash and debris left from thinning by either chipping, hauling away or piling and burning. Contact your local fire department or local Colorado State Forest Service forester for burning restrictions and/or assistance.
  • Mow grasses and weeds to a height of 6 inches or less for a distance of 30 feet from all structures.
  • Place liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) containers at least 30 feet from structures. Clear anything flammable, including vegetation, from within 10 feet of all tanks.
  • Prune tree branches within the defensible space up to a height of 10 feet above ground.
  • Remove shrubs and small trees or other potential ladder fuels from beneath large trees. Left in place, these fuels can carry a ground fire into tree crowns.
  • Remove unhealthy vegetation. Trees and shrubs that are stressed, diseased, dead or dying should be removed so that they do not become a fuel source for potential fires.
  • Stack firewood away from your house. Locate firewood at least 15 feet uphill from your home. Do not stack firewood under the deck.
  • Thin out continuous tree and brush (shrub) cover around structures. Remove flammable vegetation from within the initial 15 feet around structures.
  • Trim any branches extending over roofs, and remove branches within 15 feet of chimneys.

Ready, Set, Go


The Ready, Set, Go! (RSG) Program seeks to empower fire departments to engage the residents they serve in wildland fire community risk reduction. The RSG! Program provides free tools and resources for fire departments to use as they help residents gain an understanding of their wildland fire risk and actions individuals can take to reduce that risk. Engaging in this dialogue is particularly important for the fire service as national studies have shown that firefighters are uniquely respected in their communities and can project a trusted voice to the public preparedness appeal. They can also explain what fire resources are available during an event and the role that individuals should play in preparedness and early evacuation – if called for by their local officials – to increase the safety of residents and first responders.

The RSG! Program works in complementary and collaborative fashion with FirewiseUSA® and other existing wildland fire education efforts. It amplifies the preparedness messages to better achieve the common goal we all share of fire adapted communities. When firefighters encourage residents to take personal responsibility for preparing their property and family for wildland fire, residents become an active part of the solution. The more residents actively involved in mitigating their properties and preparing for evacuation, the greater a community’s resiliency to wildland fire.

The RSG! Program is managed by the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC). Launched nationally in March 2011 at the Wildland-Urban Interface (WUI 2011) Conference, the program helps fire departments teach individuals who live in high-risk wildland fire areas how to best prepare themselves and their properties to adapt to living with fire.


How Can I help?

Find out more information on what you can do to be ready and assist the Town of Blue River towards a goal of being a Firewise Community.