Saguache County offices will be closed Friday, December 8, 2023 @12:00PM for the County Christmas Dinner.


Saguache County Firewise Program

Learn how to make your home safer from wildfire.


For a FREE Wildfire Risk Assessment


Call 719-480-9764


The Saguache County Firewise Team provides FREE wildfire risk assessments and completes hazard mitigation projects for Saguache County residents.

Daniel Johnson, a career wildland firefighter, has led the team since 2009. Daniel and his team work with homeowners, living in forested areas, to improve survivability in the event of a wildfire. Daniel is a National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) certified: Safety Officer (SOF2), Division Supervisor (DIVS), and Task Force Leader (TFLD). Call Daniel today to learn more about how you can protect your life and property from wildfire.

Graphic displaying the Home Ignition Zone
Distances are suggested based on NFPA 1144. Call a professional to find out what is appropriate for your property.
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Distances are suggested based on NFPA 1144. Call a professional to find out what is appropriate for your property.

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The Home Ignition Zone Guide, Colorado State Forest Service, 2021 (2.6 MB PDF)

How To Prepare Your Home For Wildfires Fact Sheet (120 KB PDF)

Are You FireWise? Notebook (553 KB PDF)

Are You Plains FireWise? Notebook (280 KB PDF)

Protecting Your Home from Wildfire: Creating Wildfire-Defensible Zones – 2012 Quick Guide (738 KB PDF) – currently available as a PDF only; printed version updates coming approx. May 2021

Fire-Resistant Landscaping (192 KB PDF)

FireWise Plant Materials (279 KB PDF)

Cheatgrass and Wildfire (336 KB PDF)

Grass Seed Mixes to Reduce Wildfire Hazard (150 KB PDF)

Home Fire Protection (114 KB PDF)

Living with Fire (2.1 MB PDF)

Wildfire & Insurance (2.2 MB PDF)

Colorado Post-Fire Playbook (13.1 MB PDF)

Insects and Diseases Associated with Forest Fires (347 KB PDF)

Replanting in Burn Areas: Tips for Safety and Success (730 KB PDF)

Soil Erosion Control after Wildfire (6 MB PDF)

Vegetative Recovery after Wildfire (188 KB PDF)

The following brochures offer information on the management and treatment of burned trees on your property:

Aspen (939 KB PDF)

Douglas-fir (586 KB PDF)

Gambel Oak and Serviceberry (865 KB PDF)

Piñon Pine-Juniper (888 KB PDF)

Ponderosa and Lodgepole Pine (896 KB PDF)


Wildfire Evacuation Checklist

Last Updated: 04/28/2023