Pueblo Interagency Fire Dispatch center Phone (719) 553-1600
During the warm summer months, wildfires can spring up after a thunderstorm or start by a carelessly abandoned campfire. Visitors to our Forests and Grasslands often see the smoke and flames before anyone else. You can help firefighters respond to the scene of a fire by following these helpful tips.
Here are a few helpful tips if you should need to report a fire:
Stay calm and don't panic. Help will arrive as soon as possible.
Write down as much information about the fire before you call to report it.
Tell the dispatcher where you are calling from. If you are calling from a remote area and are using a cell phone, give the dispatcher your location.
If you are calling from a remote area and do not have a map or cannot pinpoint you location, give the operator a description of a nearby landmark or the nearest highway or county road.
Give the dispatcher a description of what you are seeing. Is the smoke black or white? Are flames visible? Are there people or homes, nearby?
If the fire is close to you location and you are in danger, tell the dispatcher and leave the area, as soon as possible.
If you are calling from your home, give your name, address and phone number. This will help officials in locating you and locating the fire.
If you live in or near a forested area, consider purchase a National Forest or County map. Learn how to read the map and become familiar with landmarks and access roads. A map may help you in reporting a wildfire to authorities.
Post a list of emergency numbers by the telephone. The list should include you local city or county fire department, local police or sheriff's department, local U.S. Forest Service office, Bureau of Land Management office, or Colorado State Parks office.
Remember the information that you give is important and your assistance is vital in reporting a fire in a timely manner. Your help could save homes and live
Keep a list of emergency phone numbers by the phone.
Binoculars can be helpful in spotting a fire.
A map can be an important tool when reporting a wildfire.