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Clearance Evacuation Time - Public & Life Safety Ordinance

The Clearance Evacuation Time - Public & Life Safety Ordinance does the following:

  • Mandates that every resident can look up their clearance evacuation by address on a website.

  • Mandates that every resident can look up and print their evacuation route maps, plural emphasized, for hazards coming from all 4 cardinal directions.

  • Mandates that developers and the city must conduct clearance evacuation impact analyses both the site location as well as the larger impact of the district as a whole. 

  • Mandates that problems with the impact must be mitigated (i.e. configuration/design changes or added egress).

  • Mandates that current CETs be established.

  • Mandates that adequate egress exist or be created.


Endorsed by one of our nation's finest in firefighting, Type 1 Incident Commander Dan Dallas who said this about the ordinance:

"Mass Evacuations in the Boulder area Marshall Fire were a problem.  They got lucky on timing and everybody got out, but this is why advanced evacuation modeling to identify and correct egress problems as well as reporting clearance times and maps with safe spots identified, in advance, is a wise approach.  People should know how long it is going to take them to get out and have maps in these chaotic fires that are all too prevalent.  We have been incredibly lucky - and luck is a dangerous bet to keep playing."


- Dan Dallas, Type 1 Incident Commander for The Marshall Fire (CO's largest in structures lost), Cameron Peak/East Troublesome Fires (1st and 2nd largest CO fires in acreage), Pine Gulch (3rd biggest CO fire in acreage)

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