Wildfire Evacuation Information

On a regular basis weather forecasts are accompanied by "Red Flag Warnings" which means that high winds and dry conditions could cause fire activity to become a large-scale event. Draught and dry conditions warrant special attention from everyone in order to prevent fires and serve as early warning to residents to be prepared to evacuate. Please report any suspicious or unsafe activities or signs of fire to Public Safety at 970-926-2335.

Should a fire occur, decisions to initiate evacuations will come from the emergency services agencies, including the Eagle County Sheriff's Office (ECSO) and Eagle River Fire Protection District (ERFPD). Notifications to evacuate will have two primary sources; Reverse 911 and Eagle County (EC) Alert.

Notices to evacuate mean people should leave. Neither Public Safety nor the Sheriff's Office has sufficient manpower to visit every property and force people to leave. People who do not leave could be endangering the lives of emergency responders as well as themselves.

Eagle County (EC) Alert


EC Alert utilizes text messaging and/or emails to deliver messages. EC Alert is the primary means of communication for Eagle County emergency services. Any person concerned about emergency notifications should sign up for EC Alert. People may subscribe to EC Alert by visiting the EC Alert website. EC Alert is quick and multiple messages or updates can be offered in a short amount of time. To sign up for EC Alerts you must provide your cell phone number, your cell phone provider and your email address.

Reverse 911


Reverse 911 utilizes traditional hardwired telephones to deliver a prerecorded message to a selected geographical area. Reverse 911 works with land lines. Users do not talk with a person. If there is no one home to answer the phone and there is no phone recorder there is no message. Property owners are encouraged to maintain one hard wired phone that will work during a power outage.

Reverse 911 for Cell Phones


The Eagle County 911 Subscription Service allows residents to receive Reverse 911 calls on their cell phones and/or VoIP phone numbers. Note that listed and unlisted landline phone numbers are already in the system.

People who would like to receive Reverse 911 calls on their cell phones should visit the online subscription service.

Evacuation Routes


Notices to evacuate will include a description of routes and normally allow enough time so that people may use main roads.

Divide


Cordillera Way is the only exit route for the Divide. Expect two-way traffic as fire trucks may be entering. There are no other routes suitable for motor vehicles in or out of the Divide.

Ranch/Summit/Territories


Fenno Drive is the primary route for the Ranch, Summit and Territories. Expect two-way traffic as fire trucks may be entering.

Diamond Star Ranch is a secondary route for emergency use only. This is an improved dirt road located on the west side of Summit Trail approximately one half mile above the Summit Fire Station.

Alternative Exits


Alternative exits are for emergency use only if other exits become compromised. Alternative exits are not intended for use by passenger vehicles. Vehicles using alternative routes will be limited to vehicles with proper clearance to assure no vehicles become stuck and block the exit for other vehicles.

Emma's Way


The Emma's Way alternative exit is a dirt road between Emma's Way and West Squaw Creek Road.

Territories Trail


The Territories Trail alternative exit starts at the bottom of the Territories and goes to the old Salt Creek Road off of Brush Creek Road south of Eagle. The top portion of this dirt road is steep and rough.

Golf Course Safety Zones


Golf courses contain many safety zones in the event an exit becomes unusable. Sand traps and greens have little to no combustibles and greens are irrigated on a daily basis.

Be Prepared


  • Identify irreplaceable items and have them ready to move. Collapsible cardboard boxes are handy to store and useful for packing.
  • Inventory your property and possessions. Take pictures or video
  • Maintain one hard line telephone that will work during a power outage
  • Leave one garden hose hooked up on the exterior of the home for fire fighters.
  • Know how to open your automatic garage door manually during a power outage. Most garage doors have a string that hangs down that when pulled disengages the garage door from the track so that it can be manually opened.
  • If evacuation appears imminent, back your vehicle into the garage and get it loaded.
  • Dress appropriately. Where cotton long pants and shirts. Wear real shoes, not flip flops or sandals.
  • Heat travels through glass windows. Close heavy curtains that might insulate against heat. Open light window coverings that might catch fire.
  • Maintain your defensible space. In simple terms, the less fuel adjacent to the home the less heat there will be to your home.
  • Consider mowing/cutting the native vegetation to lower the fuel loads. Contractors should use caution if in dry grass.