Routt County Wildfire Mitigation Conference

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April 29 and 30, 2022
Colorado Mountain College, Steamboat Springs

The 2021 wildfire season was another record breaker for Colorado, with a much longer fire season and the most destructive fire in Colorado’s history taking place in December in Boulder – the Marshall Fire. Routt County was witness to two wildfires within its boundaries, North and South Routt,  with some loss of structures. Fire is and will continue to be part of our environment and we all are exposed to some risk, no matter where we live. Increased fire frequency and intensity is a reality, and the complex challenge of managing and mitigating those fires will continue to be front and center during this year’s Routt County Wildfire Mitigation Conference.  We will have local and regional experts present on steps that we all can take – from the individual homeowner to our community stakeholders – to better plan and mitigate risks, and how to be better prepared in the event of a wildfire.

Individual home owners will create a personal readiness plan for before, during and after a wildfire.  The morning will be kicked off with presentations on current wildfire conditions for Routt County and planning efforts that will require strong community involvement. Keynote address on fire science and multi-stakeholder collaborative approaches to promote resilient social-ecological systems linked to forest landscapes.

This event is an effort of the Routt County Wildfire Mitigation Council to promote public awareness and understanding of wildfire risk to foster community-driven action to reduce risk and the impacts of wildfire in Routt County.

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2022 Conference

At this year’s Routt County Wildfire Mitigation Conference, attendees will create personal and home wildfire readiness plans. The goal is for attendees to walk away with an action plan for initial mitigation around their homes and a personal evacuation plan for the event of a wildfire.

Conference Packet

Conference Packet Day 1
Conference Packet Day 2

Day One

Welcome Remarks Day 1 – Tim Redmond
Setting the Stage – Matt McCombs
Where are we now with the Natural Environment – Panel
Where are we now with the Built Environment – Panel
Building Community Through Wildfire Resilience – Greg Felt
What do we want from a CWPP – Pam Wilson
Wrap-up of Day 1 – Matt McCombs

Day Two

Outlook for the 2022 Wildfire Season – Coleen Haskell
Lessons Learned from the 2021 Season – Panel
Personal and Community Preparedness – Pam Wilson
Home Ignition Zone Preparedness
Breakout Groups
Co-existing with Wildfire Takes a Community – Tony Cheng

2021 Conference

​The 2020 wildfire season was another record breaker. Routt County was surrounded by wildfires and was witness to the incredible destruction in nearby Grand and Jackson County.
Hear local local and regional experts present on steps that we all can take to mitigate risks and be prepared in the face of a wildfire from the 2021 Conference.

Conference Packet

Conference Packet

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