Be Fire Wise

Fire Danger in Gunnison County

Fire Restrictions:

​Current Fire Restriction information for Gunnison County is available via recorded message at 970-642-4715. ​There are currently no fire restrictions in place, however residents and visitors are advised to exercise extreme caution with campfires, charcoal grills and agricultural burning.
  • Clear flammable material away from campfires
  • Before lighting a fire, check current fire restriction information
  • Put out your campfire with water before you leave and make sure the ashes are cool to the touch. Never leave campfires unattended for any reason. Contain campfires within existing fire rings or rock structures
  • YOUR campfire is YOUR responsibility
  • Fireworks are not allowed on any federal lands

Red Flag Warning:

​A Red Flag Warning means no open burning. For information on Red Flag Warnings, check the National Weather Service forecast page for the Gunnison area. If a Red Flag Warning is in effect, it will be listed under Hazardous Weather Outlook on the Gunnison area forecast page. Red Flag Warning information may also be obtained by calling the following:

Fire Restriction Information:

Reported Active Fires:

Take Precautions

It is normally very dry in the Gunnison Basin, and extreme care should be exercised when using fire anywhere in the County – whether for burning weeds, slash piles, or for camping. Make sure you have the appropriate fire suppression tools and supplies readily available when starting your fire. Also, ensure that you have in place a suitable buffer between your fire and potential combustibles. Finally, make sure your fire is completely out prior to leaving the area. Your fire is your responsibility. Make sure you use it in a safe, responsible manner.

Some Fire Reminders

Gunnison County ordinance requires persons igniting controlled burns or open fires (excludes recreational campfires) in unincorporated parts of the county to contact the Gunnison Communications Center 970-641-8000 before starting.

Open fires are not permitted in the town or city limits of Crested Butte and Gunnison. In Mt. Crested Butte, open fires are only permitted in pits, barrels, or similar containers.


Absolutely no fireworks of any type are permitted on Federal or State lands, including:
  • BLM Lands
  • Division of Wildlife Owned Lands
  • National Forests
  • National Parks
  • State Forests
  • State Parks
  • State Wildlife Areas
In unincorporated Gunnison County, the Towns of Crested Butte, Mt. Crested Butte, and the City of Gunnison, fireworks that leave the ground or explode are prohibited.

Fire officials from local, State, and Federal Agencies meet regularly to review the situation in Gunnison County, and will initiate appropriate measures when and if necessary. For additional information, contact the appropriate agency.

Emergency Phone Notifications
Register with the Gunnison County website and subscribe to 
Notify Me! to receive emergency notifications (text message and/or email). Notifications you receive from Notify Me! will pertain to the local area and Gunnison County ONLY.

Register with the "Code Red" Wireless Emergency Notification System (click on the logo) to receive emergency notifications by recorded message, text message and/or email. The "Code Red" Wireless Emergency Notification System is used for general alerts regarding road closures, road conditions or severe weather and is primarily for commuters, visitors and residents. A text message will be sent to your mobile number and/or email outlining the nature of the emergency. Download the mobile app to receive notifications of emergencies based on your GPS location. Please take a moment to verify, update, or register the appropriate information and begin receiving emergency notifications. 
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