“Over the last ten years, 54 percent of wildfires have been caused by humans, while the rest, 46 percent, have been ignited by lightning.” U.S. Forest Service
We, in Colorado, certainly understand the devastation that wildfires can create. The current hot, dry, windy weather is causing concern about critical fire conditions across the state. Ancillary effects of past fire damage, such as mudslides and floods, are also impacting portions of Colorado.
Care for Colorado Stewardship Partners have joined together to provide a variety of resources about Wildfire Education for you to share, which you can find below. Thank you for helping us get this important information out to visitors and residents.
Jill Corbin, Interim Director, Colorado Tourism Office
Dana Watts, Executive Director, Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics
Wildfire safety resources
Please feel free to share these assets on your own channels — just be sure to credit the partner organization and link back to their site.
- Care for Colorado Campfire Etiquette Video
- Care for Colorado Wildfire Prevention Posters
- Care for Colorado Week Fire Infographic
- Care for Colorado Campfire Quiz
- Colorado Parks & Wildlife — Fire, Closures and Alerts
- Colorado Division of Homeland Security & Emergency Management — Fire Restrictions
- Colorado State Forest Service — Current Wildfire Information & Fire Restrictions
- Leave No Trace — Principle 5: Minimize Campfire Impacts
- Leave No Trace — Keep Wildfires Wild
- Leave No Trace — Cook It On a Camp Stove
- Leave No Trace — Recreating in Restoration Areas
- Leave No Trace — Do Your Part To Prevent Wildfires
- Leave No Trace — How To Use a Fire Pan
- Leave No Trace — How To Build a Mound Fire
- USDA Forest Service — Public Fire Information Websites
- BLM — Colorado Fire Information
- BLM Facebook — Colorado Fire
- National Park Service — Fire
- USDA Forest Service — Be Fire Safe
- Colorado Division of Homeland Security & Emergency Management — Flood After Fire
- Smokey Bear
Social media posts
Share any of the posts below to encourage visitors to Care for Colorado on all their adventures. Don’t forget to tag @VisitColorado and @LeaveNoTraceCenter on all your posts.
- Before you head out on your adventure, check local fire restrictions to make sure campfires are allowed. #CareForColorado #LeaveNoTrace
- Build a minimum-impact fire. Consider whether the conditions are safe to have a fire at your picnic or campsite. #CareForColorado #LeaveNoTrace
- Use existing fire rings or fire pans to build a campfire. #CareForColorado #LeaveNoTrace
- Cook it on a camp stove! Camp stoves are fast. No need to gather wood, tend to a fire or douse it in water before going to bed. #CareForColorado #LeaveNoTrace
- Remember the four Ds of firewood collection and use only dead, downed, dinky and distant wood to build a campfire. If you purchase wood, do so locally to prevent the spread of invasive species. #CareForColorado #LeaveNoTrace
- Keep your campfire small. #CareForColorado #LeaveNoTrace
- Never leave any campfire unattended. #CareForColorado #LeaveNoTrace
- Burn all wood in a campfire completely to ash. Saturate campfire ash with water. Make sure your campfire is fully extinguished and cool to the touch before leaving the area or going to bed. #CareForColorado #LeaveNoTrace
- Be careful of parking your car or ATV in tall, dry vegetation, such as grass. The hot underside of the vehicle can start a fire. #USDAForestService #CareForColorado #LeaveNoTrace
Care for Colorado Online Training Resources
Care for Colorado Stewardship Partner, the Colorado Wine Industry Development Board, has produced a new Pest Mitigation and Invasive Species Rack Card and Informational Poster to share. If you would like copies of the rack card, please contact Doug Caskey at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We invite you and your employees to take the free Colorado Concierge online training at any time to become even greater trusted sources of information for visitors and residents. There are six modules in total, the newest being the Inclusive Colorado Culture, plus 6 others you can take to learn about Care for Colorado, Colorado Essentials, Colorado-Stye Customer Service, Traveler Safety, Colorado Travel Regions and Hunting and Fishing.