Health and Safety


Flash flooding is a risk following a wildfire. National Weather Service weather radios can be purchased at minimal cost to help you be alerted of flash flood advisories, watches, and warnings. Know your terms:

  • Flash flood WATCH. Flooding MAY happen. Stay aware of the weather and your surroundings.
  • Flash flood ADVISORY. Minor flooding is LIKELY. You may receive a warning from the sheriff’s department or Everbridge (you must sign up for Everbridge to receive these warnings). Pay attention to warnings.
  • Flash Flood WARNING. Flooding is IMMINENT or OCCURRING. You will be notified by authorities if evacuation is necessary. Stay out of low-lying areas.

More information about floods

Air Quality and Smoke

Learn to use the visibility method to estimate health effects of smoke in the air.

Crisis Services

A wildfire and the disruption that comes with it can lead to feelings of sadness, anger, orSLVBHG anxiety. If you find you are having difficulty coping, contact San Luis Valley Behavioral Health Group. Go to for information or call (719) 589-3671. Crisis services are available 24/7.

Drinking Water

Well water testing kits are available at the Costilla County Public Health Agency   and the Blanca/Ft. Garland Community Center. See Wells and Septic on our Utilities Page.

Flushing Refrigerator Water Line 


Tetanus (Tdap) vaccinations are recommended for those returning into a burn area and begining the work of cleanup. Vaccinations are still available through either Costilla County Public Health (719-672-3332) or Alamosa County Public Health (719-589-6639).


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