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Special Notices


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Crystal Lakes Volunteer Fire Department
January 21, 2021
Good afternoon --
We want to share the following news release from Larimer County regarding recovery from the Cameron Peak Fire:
FEMA Major Disaster Declaration Approved:
Larimer County has been partially approved for a Federal Emergency Management Agency [FEMA] Major Disaster Declaration and program funding due to the Cameron Peak Fire.
Next, Larimer County Emergency Management will meet with the Larimer County Board of Commissioners for specific projects and programs.
Programs that have been approved thus far by the declaration include the FEMA Public Assistance Program that will help with public infrastructure damages ---- public roads, bridges, water infrastructure, and debris removal:
- Hazardous tree removal, which includes the removal of hazardous trees on roadways and trails that could fall and cause injury, block access, or cause property damage. There are some restrictions to this program.
- Right-of-way debris removal is also included in this program and might include additional dumpster placement around burn areas for debris removal pending Board of Larimer County Commissioner approval.
- The FEMA Hazard Mitigation Program allows public entities to apply for funding intended to upgrade infrastructure to lessen future damage to communities from a fire or flood.
Larimer County has also applied for funding through the Individual Assistance Program to provide direct assistance to residents who have lost primary residences from the fire or are underinsured or uninsured. The Individual Assistance Program request is currently pending a decision by FEMA.
Recovery programs begin work:
Larimer County continues to move forward with recovery in 2021 by partnering with the Natural Resource Conservation Service [NRCS] with the Emergency Watershed Protection Program. The county has contracted with NRCS to perform emergency work on waterways and drainage designed to protect property and people from excessive runoff caused by the fire due to snowmelt and rain.
A risk assessment is also underway as a companion document to the U.S. Forest Service Burned Area Emergency Response Assessment. The assessment will help determine where work is needed to mitigate flooding and debris flows. During the spring, suppression repairs will continue for the repair of dozer lines and handlines by using heavy equipment and emergency services personnel; property owners must give their permission for this work to continue.
For more information on these programs visit or the Larimer Recovery Collaborative Facebook Page
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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