Montezuma County is currently under an increased threat of wildfires, according to information from the Montezuma County Emergency Managers office. Drier conditions than normal, with the addition of higher temperatures and expected winds significantly increases the possibility of controlled burns escalating into highly dangerous situations for citizens, property owners, and responders.
Montezuma County residents are highly encouraged to postpone any controlled burns for the month of April. It is recognized that many county residents want to do spring cleaning, prepare for planting, etc. If you cant postpone controlled burns please follow the following safety guidelines:
Call Cortez Dispatch at 565-8454 prior to burning. Cortez dispatch maintains the latest fire conditions / warnings. Do not burn during red flag day, windy days or other days of higher threat.
Ensure an adequate water supply is accessible and ready to control the fire.
Have someone attend to fire from start till finish. Numerous wild fires have started from embers of a fire that was thought to be out.
Keep the fires as small as possible and add combustibles slowly to maintain size of fire.
If the wind picks up after starting the fire extinguish the fire and finish another day.
Personal responsibility and care can ensure we have a beautiful and safe spring. For more information on weather conditions go to the website: www.weather.gov or contact Cortez Dispatch at 565-8454.