Should any natural disaster, including fire, occur, evacuation orders will come from the emergency services agencies, including the Eagle County Sheriff's Office (ECSO) and Eagle River Fire Protection District (ERFPD). Notifications to evacuate will be sent through a variety of information and warning systems. The two sources of public information and warning systems are Eagle County (EC) Alert and Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEAs).
Cordillera property owners are strongly encouraged to sign up for ECAlert, as well as the Cordillera notification system. EC Alert provides real-time updates, instructions on where to go, what to do, or what not to do, who to contact, and other important information during an emergency. In the event of a large-scale emergency, official information will be available at ecemergency.org.
Notices to evacuate will include a description of the evacuation routes. Normally, there will be enough time to exit using main roads. View evacuation maps.
Cordillera Way is the only exit route for the Divide. Expect two-way traffic as fire trucks may be entering.
Fenno Drive is the primary route for the Ranch, Summit and Territories. Expect two-way traffic as fire trucks may be entering.
Emergency Evacuation Routes
Emergency Evacuation Routes are for emergency exit only if other exits become compromised. They are not intended for use by passenger vehicles. Vehicles must have proper clearance to assure they do not get stuck and block the exit.
- Diamond Star Ranch is an improved dirt road on the west side of Summit Trail approximately one-half mile above the Summit Fire Station.
- The Emma's Way is a dirt road between Emma's Way and West Squaw Creek Road.
- The Territories Trail exit starts at the bottom of the Territories and goes to the old Salt Creek Road off of Brush Creek Road south of Eagle. The top portion of this dirt road is steep and rough.
- Identify irreplaceable items and have them ready.
- Inventory your property and possessions. Take pictures or video.
- Leave one garden hose hooked up on the exterior of the home for fire fighters.
- Know how to open your automatic garage door manually during a power outage. Most garage doors have a string that hangs down that, when pulled, disengages the garage door from the track so that it can be manually opened.
- If evacuation appears imminent, back your vehicle into the garage and load it.
- Dress appropriately. Wear cotton long pants and shirts. Wear real shoes, not flip flops or sandals.
- Heat travels through glass windows. Close heavy curtains that might insulate against heat. Open light window coverings that might catch fire.
- Maintain your defensible space: The lower the fuel load adjacent to the structure, the less heat there will be to your home.
- Consider mowing/cutting the native vegetation to lower the fuel loads. Use caution if in dry grass.
Golf Course Safety Zones
Golf courses contain many safety zones in the event an exit becomes unusable. Sand traps and greens have little to no combustibles and greens are irrigated on a daily basis.
Warnings and Weather
Weather forecasts are frequently accompanied by “Red Flag Warnings,” which mean that high winds and dry conditions could cause fire activity to become a large-scale event. Drought and fire conditions warrant special attention in order to prevent fires; they also serve as early warnings to residents to be prepared to evacuate. Please report any suspicious or unsafe activities or signs of fire to 911 and Public Safety at 970-926-2335. For local updates, sign up for EC Alerts or visit www.ecemergency.org.
Please report any suspicious or unsafe activities or signs of fire to Public Safety at 970-926-2335. In an emergency, always call 911.