Fire Management

Do you see smoke? To report a wildfire dial 911 or our Fort Collins Interagency Dispatch Center (970) 295-6800. But know it may be a prescribed fire. All prescribed fires are posted on inciweb, so be sure to check there first.

Current Wildland Fires and Fire Restrictions

Fuels Management & Prescribed Fire

Firefighter lighting a prescribed burnFuels management and prescribed fire are a crucial management component for the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests. Fire is one of the most important natural processes across the West. Our forests are unhealthy. Trees are stressed by overcrowding and flammable fuels build up and become hazardous. Managing fire, either naturally caused or prescribed burns, paired with strategic mechanical treatment helps maintain healthy forests, communities and watersheds. On the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests and Pawnee National Grassland we are working closely with our partners along the northern Front Range of Colorado to increase the scope and scale of forest restoration work. See the Northern Colorado Fireshed Collaborative's website for details!

Fire Suppression: Program and Forces

Fire Prevention

Firefighters during a simulation

Fire prevention is one way you can help CARE FOR COLORADO. Planning ahead and making sure you Know Before You Go is crucial to do your part to avoid human caused fires. You can do your part to protect the forest, grassland, watersheds, wildlife and communities by always making sure your campfire, when and where allowed, is cold to the touch before leaving it unattended. Homeowners can also find information on the Firewise program and cooperative efforts though the Colorado State Forest Service on our fire prevention website. Remember, #OnlyYou!

Fire Hire

Firefighters stand on barren ground near tall trees and flames in front of them.The Forest Service hires permanent and seasonal firefighters. Look for job series #0462, which includes most fire-related jobs, when searching USAJobs.

Additional information is available for the Roosevelt Hotshots positions.