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Special Notices

Come to one of our summer series of community safety workshops:

  • Evacuation Workshop — Saturday, June 3rd - 1:00 pm in the Community Center
  • Fire Mitigation Workshop —  Sunday, June 11th - 1:00 pm in the Wapiti Room (rescheduled from May 20th)
  • Fire Insurance Workshop — Saturday, July 8th - 1:00 pm in the Wapiti Room
  • Evacuation Workshop — Saturday, July 29th - 1:00 pm in the Wapiti Room
  • Fire Mitigation Workshop — Saturday, August 12th - 1:00 pm in the Wapiti Room
  • Fire Mitigation Advice and Assessments


Crystal Lakes Volunteer Fire Department
 July 11, 2017
Larimer County has put in place restrictions on open fires that will remain in effect until midnight, August 22, 2017(and be reviewed at that point to see if they need to be extended). Also in effect are restrictions on the use of fireworks, public firework displays and incendiary devices. The Arapahoe/Roosevelt National Forest restrictions are similar.
What is restricted by Larimer County:
·         No open fires, including camp or cooking fires
·         Smoking in the open is not allowed, including trails, parks and open spaces
·         No fireworks or firework displays
·         No incendiary devices, including sky lanterns, exploding ammunition, exploding targets, and tracer  ammunition
·         No welding
What is not restricted:
·         Contained open fires in permanently constructed stationary masonry or metal fireplaces specifically designed for the purpose of combustion
·         The use of internal or external combustion engine with a spark arresting device properly installed, maintained and in effective working order and meeting published standards
·         Fireplaces or wood stoves located inside permanent structures
·         Fires in commercially operated wood and/or charcoal fired grills designed for cooking
·         Charcoal fired grills when used at a private residence and location on a non-combustible surface of at least 10 feet in diameter
·         Fires such as those in camp stoves and grills using gas or pressurized liquid
·         Welding and other torch work within an enclosed building

Those with firepits approved by the Road & Recreation Association have pits considered to be "permanently constructed stationary masonry or metal fireplaces." You may therefore continue to have campfires with a R&R permit. Please be VERY careful with open flames of any kind and anything that produces heat and could spark a fire. 

The full Larimer County News Release is here:

The full Arapahoe & Roosevelt National Forest News Release is here:

Please be careful out there!

Mark Rode
Fire Chief
Crystal Lakes Volunteer Fire Department

Practice Wildfire Safety


People start most wildfires - find out how you can promote and practice wildfire safety.

  • Contact your local fire department, health department, or forestry office for information on fire laws.
  • Make sure that fire vehicles can get to your home. Clearly mark all driveway entrances and display your name and address.
  • Report hazardous conditions that could cause a wildfire.
  • Teach children about fire safety. Keep matches out of their reach.
  • Post fire emergency telephone numbers.
  • Ensure adequate accessibility by large fire vehicles to your property.
  • Plan several escape routes away from your home - by car and by foot.
  • Talk to your neighbors about wildfire safety. Plan how the neighborhood could work together after a wildfire. Make a list of your neighbors' skills such as medical or technical. Consider how you could help neighbors who have special needs such as elderly or disabled persons. Make plans to take care of children who may be on their own if parents can't get home.

For more information on wildfire safety, visit the U.S. Fire Administration's website.



Warning Sirens

For the safety of the community, Crystal Lakes Associations has evacuations sirens posted throughout the Association. The evacuation siren in case of failure of the dam is located near the Wapiti Mailsheds to cover the floodplain area and sounds like this (whoop sound) -- property owners in the floodplain should evacuate immediately if they hear this siren; all other property owners should remain on their lots, to keep the roads clear for those evacuating the floodplain. Sirens in ALL parts of the association will sound the fire evacuation siren if a wildfire threatens the community -- it sounds like this (alert sound) -- ALL property owners should evacuate IMMEDIATELY if they hear this siren. Emergency personnel will be on hand to help direct evacuating property owners out of the area.

Where to Find Us:

Crystal Lakes Fire Protection District (CLFPD)

237 Blackfoot Road

Red Feather Lakes, CO 80545

970-881-3521 (Phone)

970-881-2085 (Fax)


Crystal Lakes Volunteer Fire Department (CLVPD)

237 Blackfoot Road

Red Feather Lakes, CO 80545

970-881-3521 (Phone)

970-881-2085 (Fax)


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How to Contact Us

For more information, feel free to contact us by telephone, email, or by using our contact form. We look forward to hearing from you!


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