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Special Notices

… at the following educational opportunities offered this summer. All classes are at the CLVFD Fire Station and are free and open to the public. Everyone is welcome.


Sunday, May 27 at 1:00 pm --- Chainsaw Safety   (yes, during the Rummage Sale)
Sunday, May 27 at 3:00 pm --- Stop the Bleed! (tourniquets and bleeding control) 
Saturday, June 2 at 1:00 pm --- Evacuation: How and When to Get Out
Saturday, June 23 at 1:00 pm --- Stop the Bleed! (tourniquets and bleeding control)
Saturday, June 30 at 1:00 pm --- Fire Mitigation in the Home Ignition Zone          
Saturday, July 14 at 1:00 pm --- Get Wildfire Smart About Insurance
Saturday, July 28 at 1:00 pm --- Evacuation: How and When to Get Out
Saturday, August 4 at 1:00 pm --- Fire Mitigation in the Home Ignition Zone


Crystal Lakes Volunteer Fire Department
 July 19, 2018


Dear neighbors,


I know your community is aware of the importance of fuels reduction and forest restoration work. It is very important to us too. One of the byproducts of this work is slash piles on the landscape. We work with contractors and U.S. Forest Service employees to ensure these piles are created following certain specifications. These specifications are important, as they produce piles that can be safely burned after curing.


Unfortunately, truckloads of slash off private land have been making their way into large machine piles east of the Manhattan Road. This area is still under an active contract. The material being added to these piles in some instances are heavy logs. Not only does this kind of material take longer to burn, which could result in resource issues, but it also takes longer to cure. Material dumped can also cause smoke management issues regulated by the State of Colorado, requiring us to either repile material or delay burning while waiting for illegally added slash to cure. This all means it may be longer before our fire staff can burn them to complete the fuels reduction work.


I am glad residents are taking the time to do mitigation work on their own property, but part of that work also has to be dealing with the slash in a legal manner. Dumping slash on public lands can result in a $530 fine and multiple occurrences can include a mandatory Federal court appearance.


Let us know if you see anyone adding to Forest Service slash piles (970-295-6700) and please help spread the word that this activity is not allowed. Together we are all stewards of these beautiful lands.



Katie Donahue
Canyon Lakes District Ranger

Thanks and stay safe,

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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