In Colorado, even on private lands, it is illegal to possess or ignite any form of firework that is propelled into the air. Whether the entire incendiary, or only a portion of it is fired into the air, it is illegal, unless you are a licensed professional with a valid permit. On federal lands, including BLM and Forest Service, the use of fireworks of any type, flares, or other incendiary devices, including exploding targets, are always prohibited.
Monsoons in western Colorado
Be prepared for wildfire
When wildfires ignite, they may spread quickly, leaving people with very little time to grab necessities, secure pets or livestock, and evacuate. The Colorado Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (DHSEM) offers tips on how to prepare for wildfire, and protect yourself if a fire ignites near your home.
Emergency Operations Center
Bornholdt named Emergency Manager of the Year
Garfield County Emergency Manager Chris Bornholdt has been named the 2021 Emergency Manager of the Year in Colorado. He earned the prestigious Colorado Emergency Managers Association President’s Award for his leadership and dedication to protecting the community.
Recovering from a disaster
Developing a recovery plan for recovering from a disaster can not only be prudent prior to a disaster, but also to begin rebuilding following a disaster. The Federal Trade Commission has consumer information and tips to keep in mind for citizens working to rebuild following a disaster.
Continuity of Operations
The Garfield County Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP) outlines the manner in which the community’s public safety and essential needs are met in the event of an emergency. This framework helps reduce risk, and increase the county’s resiliency, ensuring the best possible service to the public.
Semis and other oversized commercial vehicles are barred from traveling over roads that lead to Cottonwood Pass, and in the Four Mile area near Glenwood Springs. New signage is in place alerting drivers to these restrictions.
Garfield County road restrictions
Eagle County road restrictions
Garfield County Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan
Garfield County has adopted a new Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan that prioritizes natural disaster risks and focuses on ways to prevent loss of life and destruction of private property.
Hazard Mitigation Plan
Garfield County Community Wildfire Protection Plan
InciWeb Incident Information System
InciWeb is an interagency all-risk incident information management system. It was developed to provide the public a single source of incident-related information and to provide a standardized reporting tool for the Public Affairs community. Its supporting systems automate the delivery of incident information to remote sources to provide consistent active incident information timely delivery.