• Evacuation Levels 


    The Front Range is no stranger to wildland fire. A revival of our evacuation levels, and collaborative efforts with the Ready, Set, Go! initiative amplify our existing emergency preparedness public education efforts. Our aim is to achieve the common goal we all share; preventing a loss of any kind.

    With large fires occurring every month of the year, evacuations have become more commonplace. We encourage the adage, ‘when in doubt, get out!’ If you feel threatened, go! Keep in mind, in some cases, there is no time for formal evacuation notifications due to quickly changing conditions.

    Level 1: Be Ready 

    There is an incident in the area. Residents are advised of the level 1 evacuation and are asked to leave if they need additional time to exit an area or have health conditions (especially respiratory conditions that could be made worse by smoke). Residents are encouraged to move livestock and pets out of the area, and to prepare for a full evacuation. Evacuations are voluntary, but residents are encouraged to leave if concerned. There will be no road closures in effect in most cases.

    This is when you are thankful you took appropriate planning actions, long before the threat of a wildland fire.

    • You’ve already created defensible space by clearing brush and other fuels away from your home.
    • You’ve used fire-resistant landscaping and hardened your home with fire-safe construction measures.
    • You assembled emergency supplies and belongings in a safe spot.
    • You planned escape routes and made sure all those residing within your home know the plan of action.

    Need help with your emergency planning? See the Jefferson County Emergency Preparedness Guide Download Adobe Reader from the Downloads Page

    Level 2: Leave Soon

    Residents are notified there is a full evacuation and are informed to leave. Evacuations are mandatory and entry to evacuated areas may be denied. Residents are encouraged to evacuate as soon as possible. Residents MAY have time to gather necessary items, but doing so is at their own risk.

    Level 3: Leave Immediately!

    Residents are notified there is immediate and imminent danger, and they should evacuate immediately. DO NOT delay leaving to gather any belongings or make efforts to protect your home. Leave immediately and as quickly as possible. Doing so will not only support your safety, but will allow firefighters to best maneuver resources to combat the fire.