You can also use the above site to look at maps showing the location of recent emergency notifications and evacuation areas.

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Special Notices




Everyone is welcome – All classes are free and open to the public.  Schedule subject to change, with updates sent out via fire dept group email (sign up above) and Nextdoor.                                   

  • Fire Mitigation in the Home Ignition Zone – Did you know that many of the most effective steps you can take to protect your home are no more arduous than yardwork? Learn what you can do to increase the chances of your property surviving a wildfire. This class will also be made available as a video on our website – watch our group email and website for an announcement.

               Saturday, June 4              3:00 pm         CLVFD Fire Station

               Saturday, June 25            1:00 pm         CLVFD Fire Station

               Saturday, August 6          3:00 pm         CLVFD Fire Station

  • Evacuation: How and When to Get Out – Don’t hesitate because you don’t know what to do.  Come and learn how to be prepared for an evacuation, how to know when it’s time to go, and what to do when the time comes. Not just Crystal Lakes specific—this information is useful to property owners in any community affected by wildfires. This class will also be made available as a video on our website – watch our group email and website for an announcement

               Saturday, July 9               3:00 pm         CLVFD Fire Station        

               Saturday, July 23             1:00 pm         CLVFD Fire Station

  • Chainsaw Safety – Learn best practices for operating that chainsaw safely and effectively. Class taught by firefighters certified as sawyers by the Forest Service.

               Classes to be announced later in the summer.

  • Stop the Bleed! – Save a life. Learn the basics of bleeding control, including how to safely and properly apply a tourniquet. Sponsored by the American College of Surgeons, this program is designed to give everyone the tools to help save friends and neighbors when disaster strikes.

               Classes to be announced later in the summer.

Recent Email Notices

Crystal Lakes Volunteer Fire Department
June 20, 2022
Good evening --
We're passing on a couple of announcements regarding the effort to revise the Community Wildfire Protection Plan. We have a survey link and a heads up about people you may see in the area.
First, the survey:
The Crystal Lakes Road and Recreation Association (CLRRA), Crystal Lakes Fire Protection District (CLFPD) and The Ember Alliance are embarking on an update of the 2008 Crystal Lakes Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP). We will use up-to-date information and fire modeling to assess local hazards and identify strategic investments to mitigate risk and promote preparedness. An updated CWPP will improve the ability of the fire protection district, CLRRA, and residents to prepare for, respond to, and adapt to wildfires.
Community engagement is a vital aspect of CWPP development and implementation. Please take this anonymous 8-question survey to share your insights and help us learn about your values, needs, and concerns related to wildfire risk and community preparedness.
You can fill out the survey here:
Now, the heads up:
A couple of members of the Ember Alliance will be in the Crystal Lakes area next week from Monday to Wednesday to conduct Neighborhood Hazard Assessments. They will be driving around the district to assess risk to structures, road quality, fuel density, etc. So if you see strangers in the area those days, they may be engaged in this effort and, if engaged, will be prepared to explain that they’re working with CLRRA and CLFPD to update the CWPP.
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)


Click here for a map.

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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