Hazard Risks

Summit County has a number of hazard risks, including wildfire, avalanches and flooding, among others. Information and resources pertaining to each hazard risk are listed below.


Summit County ranks high in the number of human triggered and naturally occurring avalanche activity. Backcountry travel conditions can be found at the Colorado Avalanche Center.

Dam Failure

Dam failure in the United States is a very rare occurance. Dam Owners carefully monitor their facilities and have emergency action plans in place. Five dams in the county are located in close proximity to developed areas and four dams located in more remote areas.A brief description of the dams located in the county can be found in the Multi-Hazard Plans. Contact the Office of Emergency Management (OEM) for specific information about a particular dam of interest.The OEM cannot release any emergency actions plans or inundation studies of a failure of a dam received from the facility owner. Also see information listed below under Flood.


The terrain features and natural water ways in the county can accommodate normal snowpack and rain caused river flow.High snowpack totals in the spring cause monitoring to take place, and at peak normal runoff any rain event can cause flooding conditions to materialize. Read our flood information packet.

Hazardous Material

Hazmat routes are Interstate-70 and Highway-6 (Loveland Pass). The 12 fixed facilities report under SARA Title II because of the quantity of materials used or in storage at their facility.The Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) maintains a listing of these facilities and for more information or meeting locations contact the Office of Emergency Management (OEM). The OEM cannot release any emergency actions plans received from a fixed facility.The LEPC can be reached by email.

Homeland Security

The terrorism threat for Summit County is low and citizen reporting of suspicious circumstances should be made immediately to the Summit County Communications Center, (970) 668-8600. We participate in the homeland security planning through the Northwest All Hazards Emergency Management Region.


Severe weather can occur in the high elevation communities in Summit County. For local weather conditions visit the National Weather Service.


We have built our communities in a wildland urban interface (WUI) which means our homes and infrastructure coexist in areas surrounded by forest fuels. The Community Wildfire Protection Plan describes our risk and mitigation efforts in this area. Also see our brochure Living With The Threat of Wildfire. Summit County fire agencies have wildfire information on their websites: