How Wildfire Works in Colorado

 

Our mission is to provide support, service, and assistance to local fire agencies and counties, in addition to filling resource and incident management gaps where they occur.

Of the nation’s 50 states, Colorado is one of 30 recognized as a Home Rule State, has amended its constitution to grant municipalities the ability to exercise local control of their individual governments. According to the Colorado Constitution, home rule gives local municipalities the power to make legislation relevant to their areas, exercising control over issues of “local concern” while minimizing state intervention in municipal affairs.

Home rule allows for greater flexibility in other areas of municipal government, including local elections, organizational structure, and municipal courts. This applies to wildfire as well. 

When a wildfire exceeds local and county capability, State assistance is requested. This can come in the form of funding support, aviation and/or ground resource support or technical assistance.
 

 

 

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