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Wildfires are a natural occurrence in Boulder County, happening anywhere and anytime. In fact, there have been fires recorded every month of the year in locations that span the entire county.


This page contains resources to help you understand your risk and prepare for future wildfires.

Reducing risk begins with understanding origins.

Lightning is the most common natural cause of wildfires in Boulder County. As development and recreation increase, human behavior takes on an increasing role in wildfire ignition, currently accounting for close to 90 percent of all ignitions within the county. These origins include:

Humans cause 90 percent of the Wildfires in Boulder County in the Following Ways:

Accidental: Sparks from machinery, prescribed and agricultural burns, equipment malfunctions

Carelessness: Campfires, cigarretes, or fireworks

Purposeful: Arson and other malicious intent

Be Aware.

What should you look for on days when conditions are high for wildfire?
Look Here

Be Prepared

What should you do to prepare for wildfire in Boulder County?
Start Here

Campaign Spotlight: Mitigation Basics

Visit the Mitigation Basics resource section to discover the Why’s, How’s, and When’s.

It Happens Anywhere

At Any Time

News & Information

Wildfire Partners Cold Springs Fire Success Stories

(5:56) Learn how all eight Wildfire Partners homes in the Cold Springs Fire burn area survived the Cold Springs fire.

What Does Mitigation Look Like?

(5:27) A Wildfire Partners Mitigation Specialist, homeowner and contractor show the process of tree removal and the benefits that come from mitigating trees on your property

Wildfire Partners Home Assessment Video

(6:38) Learn what to expect during a Wildfire Partners home assessment.