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New CO TREX Wildfire Alert System

Colorado Trail Explorer App Integrates New Wildfire Alert Feature to Enhance Safety

DENVER, COLORADO — In a significant upgrade aimed at bolstering safety for outdoor enthusiasts, Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) has unveiled a new wildfire alert system within the Colorado Trail Explorer (COTREX) app. This feature is designed to provide real-time notifications about active wildfires and prescribed burns, helping users make informed decisions before and during their outdoor activities.

The COTREX app, known for its comprehensive trail data spanning 45,076 miles across Colorado, is a collaborative platform that aggregates information from over 236 land managers and various local, state, and federal agencies. It offers functionalities like route planning, offline map downloads, and trail recommendations, all at no cost to the user.

Enhanced Fire Safety Features

The latest update introduces daily updates from reliable sources such as inciweb and the National Interagency Fire Center, offering detailed descriptions and boundary information of fires. This integration aims to provide timely and accurate fire alerts to prevent potential safety hazards for recreationists.

Joe O’Brien, State Trails Program Coordinator, emphasized the app’s role in promoting safe outdoor recreation. “COTREX is an essential tool for trail research and safety. This new feature will further empower our community to enjoy Colorado’s natural beauty responsibly,” he stated.

Despite the advancements, CPW advises users to verify the latest conditions with local authorities as wildfire behavior can change quickly, and the app’s offline functionalities do not update in real-time.

Preventive Measures and Fire Safety Tips for Hikers

Outdoor enthusiasts play a vital role in preserving the integrity of natural landscapes and ensuring safety. Here are some tips to consider:

  • Check for Updates: Always consult COTREX or other reliable sources for the latest trail conditions and fire alerts before heading out.
  • Follow Fire Restrictions: Adhere to local fire management rules, including bans and restrictions, especially during high-risk periods.
  • Responsible Fire Management: Only build fires in designated areas and ensure they are completely extinguished before leaving.
  • Leave No Trace: Embrace the principles of ‘Leave No Trace’ to minimize environmental impact and reduce the risk of wildfires.


These practices not only contribute to personal safety but also aid in the conservation efforts across Colorado’s cherished outdoor spaces.

For more detailed information on responsible fire management and outdoor ethics, visit Colorado’s Camp Smarter with Wildfire Prevention.

Alex Derr, Founder of The Next Summit

Alex Derr is an Eagle Scout, climber, and environmental policy expert located in Denver, Colorado. He created The Next Summit to help others stay safe exploring the mountains and advocate to preserve the peaks for the future. Follow him on Linkedin or Twitter or click here to contact him.

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