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Special Notices

Recent Email Notices

Crystal Lakes Volunteer Fire Department
May 15, 2022
Good evening –
We have new fire conditions signs! 
We’ve finally replaced the old blue-and-white signs, which have served us well for a couple of decades now but finally reached the end of their useful life. In their place – near 73C and Yuki, and on Tami just down from 73C – are brightly colored fire danger level signs with pointers to show current conditions (picture below). Fire condition information is taken from the USFS Wildland Fire Assessment System and updated regularly, though we do often have a lag of a day or two, as we wait to verify that conditions have finished changing (often, the WFAS data will show conditions moving back and forth between two levels, alternating daily before they settle on one or the other, and it would be both labor intensive and confusing to alternate the signs like that). Please make note of the level showing on the signs as you pass them on your way into or through Crystal Lakes and adapt your behavior accordingly. Any level above moderate should prompt more caution and second thoughts about whether to start that campfire, especially when there’s anything more than a light breeze.
When fire restrictions or bans are instated in our area, an additional sign will be added to the top of the fire conditions signs. This sign will indicate whether there is a full ban or fire restrictions in place. In a full ban, no outdoor fires of any kind are permitted (though there are sometimes exceptions for propane fires). For details about bans and fire restrictions, when one is instated, you can go to our website at to review the details – we will be posting local, county, and state fire restriction information on our site with links to the specifics about what is and is not permitted.
Please let me know if you have any questions.
Thanks and stay safe!
Marian Kelly
Assistant 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:

MP3 audio file [163.5 KB]

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:

MP3 audio file [168.6 KB]

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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