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Posted on: June 9, 2018

[ARCHIVED] Multiple Regional Wildfires Cause Concern; Sheriff Emphasizes Prevention and Preparedness


Multiple Regional Wildfires Cause Concern

Sheriff Emphasizes Prevention and Preparedness 


Contact: Susan Lilly, Public Information Officer 970-729-2028


June 9, 2018 -- (San Miguel County, CO) – With multiple regional wildfires underway early in the summer season and the most severe drought seen in decades, Sheriff Bill Masters is calling on all county residents and visitors to be aware of fire prevention, restrictions and emergency preparedness.


Sheriff Masters said, “We are receiving dozens of inquiries daily about fire restrictions and some reports of possible fire violations, and smoke in the area. We know this is paramount on everyone’s mind, and it should be.”


Stage 2 Fire Restrictions went into effect for unincorporated San Miguel County on June 4th. For more information, go to:

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is also under Stage 2, but the US Forest Service is in Stage 1 in the county. The Town of Mountain Village is under fire restrictions comparable to Stage 2 restrictions. Telluride is currently under no fire restrictions.




The Telluride Town Council will be presented Tuesday with an option to enact an Emergency Ordinance with customized fire restrictions taking into account fire threat with upcoming festivals and tens of thousands of summer visitors.


Sheriff Masters said everyone should develop an emergency preparedness plan given potential risks of a wildfire. “While some parts of the county are more at risk than others, it’s a good idea in general to be prepared for an emergency.”


In the case of a wildfire, there is no guarantee time will allow for pre-evacuation orders and you may be faced with sudden evacuation orders. 


“People should pack or at least have an idea of what essential clothing, documents and essentials they would pack if faced with an emergency evacuation. If they have a vehicle, keep the gas tank filled,” Sheriff Masters said. 


To improve your safety and readiness in the event you need to evacuate your home:

  • Pack a bag with clothing and essentials including medications.
  • Pack food and medications for pets and livestock and plan to move them with you or to a safe location.
  • Turn off fans and shut all windows and doors before leaving.
  • If time permits, gather essential documents and valued photos.
  • Outside the home, bring flammable items such as patio furniture, inside.
  • Move propane tanks away from structures.
  • Connect garden hoses to outside water valves for potential use by firefighters.
  • Fill water buckers and place them around your house.
  • Leave exterior lights on so your home is visible to firefighters.


In addition, in the event of a wildfire or other emergency event, people should prepare for the possibilities of no power, technology to fail, and emergency services to be overwhelmed.


Sheriff Masters said in any event, it is important to stay calm. 

“There’s a difference between scaring and preparing people. We want our community to be prepared,” Sheriff Masters said. 


There are many ways you can stay informed and receive emergency notifications:

To Sign Up for CodeRED alerts, go to:


To Sign Up for “Notify Me” News Flashes from the Sheriff, go to:


See emergency notifications and updates on the San Miguel Sheriff’s Facebook page and @SheriffAlert on Twitter.


To learn more about Emergency Preparedness, go to:


There is some rain in next week’s forecast that may help mitigate fire risk.


The San Miguel Sheriff’s Office, located in Telluride, Colorado and established in 1883, serves 7,800 residents and countless visitors across the 1,288 square miles of San Miguel County. Sheriff Bill Masters has been serving as the county’s elected Sheriff since 1980

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