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How to be Safe This Summer

Coloradoweather and travel can be unpredictable. The state was greatly impacted by heavy September rains in 2013.  Some roads and campgrounds, normally open this time of year, remain closed due to the flood or other issues. Conditionscan quickly change and wildfires can become a concern. Here are steps you can take to be safe this summer.

Do Your Homework . . .

Before leaving home, call the district office that covers the area you plan to visit. Visit www.fs.usda.gov/goto/arp/offices for a list of phone numbers. Tell them what you plan on doing and ask: “is there anything I need to know”. Be sure to ask about campfire restrictions. Check with the forest as well as County and County Sheriff’s websites.

Be sure to have a good map of the area you are visiting.Plan alternate routes.  Check road status conditions at www.fs.usda.gov/goto/arp/roads.

Look up the Weather Report  . . .

Weather can move in fast up in the high country and out on the plains. Look up the weather forecast for the area you will be visiting. Pay special attention to:

  •  temperatures (lows in the 30’s are not uncommon at high elevations);
  • strong winds (which can blow over dead or weakened beetle hit trees);
  • lightning (especially important in high elevation areas and on the grassland);
  • other types of severe weather such as hail.

Check in and out with someone . . .

Letting someone know where you are headed and when to expect you back are extremely important. Before your outing begins, tell someone where you are going, the route you are using, vehicle description, who is going with you, the color of clothes you are wearing, when you expect to return and who to call if you do not return. They will need the phone number for the Sheriff's Department of the county in which you are traveling.  Learn more about safety and rules and regulations.

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