Emergency Preparedness

Due to current fire conditions in Colorado, the City of Salida wants to assure citizens that our emergency operations staff and those in Chaffee County are prepared for emergencies. Staff has taken federally required National Incident Management Systems courses, participated in mock emergency situations and established Emergency Operation Centers (EOC) in the county.

Chaffee County has two EOCs. One is located in the Touber Building and another at the Chaffee County landfill. EOC staff has specific roles including public information officer, sheltering liaison, finance, utilities, fire and law enforcement.

We have also fostered relationships with neighboring agencies and have mutual aid agreements in place should a large-scale emergency occur.

Please stay personally prepared by taking steps such as registering your cell phone for Code Red calls. To sign up, visit http://chaffeesheriff.org/communication/code-red/, call 539-2596, or go to the Chaffee County Sheriff’s Office at 641 West 3rd Street for a paper registration form. EOC staff suggest even if your home isn’t at risk from wildfire, to prepare an emergency evacuation kit. Suggested items could include important papers, emergency contact information, photos of valuable possessions, and prescription medications.

Despite today’s showers, Stage 2 Fire Restrictions are still in effect. The City of Salida has banned the following until further notice:

  • Sale and use of ALL fireworks.
  • Any outdoor flame or fire, including, but not limited to: campfires, warming fires, charcoal grills including use of constructed, permanent fire pits or fire grates within developed picnic grounds or recreation sites.
  • Fused explosives.
  • Welding or operating an acetylene or other torch with open flame.
  • Smoking, except inside a vehicle, trailer or building.
  • Operating a chainsaw, weed trimmer, leaf blower or similar gas powered device.
  • Commercial, professional or municipal firework displays.
  • Prescribed or controlled burns for agricultural or irrigation purposes.

Gas grills are permitted but should be used with extreme caution.

The ban is in effect until amended or rescinded by the City Council or until the Interim Fire Chief, Doug Bess, finds the ban no longer necessary.