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Special Notices

  • Thirty years after the fire station was originally built and almost two years after our wonderful community backed our station remodel by approving our bond issue, we’re finally there!  Please join us in reopening and rededicating the Crystal Lakes Fire Station.  Saturday, September 23rd, from 1:00 to 4:00 pm  The reopening will begin at 1:00 pm, with sandwiches and sodas and the chance to look around the station.  The rededication ceremony will be at 2:00 pm, followed by cake and more time to check out our newly remodeled station.  Please come help us celebrate!


  • We are partnering with CSU and the Colorado State Forest Service to offer the following Wildfire Preparedness and Planning workshop. As for all our workshops, everyone is welcome, admission is free, and refreshments will be provided. Signing up in advance IS required -- see the end of this email for the link. Have you created a defensible space around your home in the event of a wildfire? Can firefighters easily find and access your property? Do you have a family evacuation and communication plan in place in the event of a wildfire? If you answered no to any of these questions, attend the free wildfire preparedness program on September 30, 2017, 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Crystal Lakes Wapiti Room at Basecamp, 300 Tami Road, Red Feather Lakes, CO. Colorado State University Larimer County Extension, Colorado State Forest Service, and the Crystal Lakes Fire Protection District will team up to provide you with information on actions you can take to prepare your home and family for a wildfire. Reservations required:


  • Crystal Lakes Fire Protection District and Fire Department is devastated to announce that we've lost one of our own. Ray Williams passed away on August 3rd. He had been a valued member of the department for many years, as an Auxiliary member and later a Special Duty Responder, and had served for years as fire board president. He was an exceptional person and a wonderful member of our fire department family, and we will miss him tremendously.



Crystal Lakes Volunteer Fire Department
 February 2, 2018


We're sharing some advice from the US Fire Administration about having a safe Game Day.

Score more points this year by putting kitchen fire safety in your line up

Whether you cheer for the Patriots or the Eagles or maybe just watch for the half time show and commercials, the Super Bowl has become an American holiday. Super Bowl Sunday is the USA's second biggest day for food consumption. That means a lot of time spent planning and preparing game day snacks. Before you kick off your menu, take a look at these tips for safer cooking.


Kitchen Huddle

Prepare your cooking area. Use back burners or turn pot handles toward the back of the stove. Keep anything that can burn -- oven mitts, wooden utensils, food packages, towels, etc -- away from the stovetop. Keep a timer handy and use it when you're roasting or baking.   


Penalty Flag

Frying poses the greatest risk of fire. Keep an eye on what you fry. Start with a small amount of oil and heat it slowly. If you see smoke or if the grease starts to boil in your pan, turn the burner off. Even a small amount of oil on a hot burner can start a fire.



Stay awake and alert while you're cooking. Stand by your pan. If you leave the kitchen, turn the burner off. Keep a large pan lid or baking sheet nearby in case you need to smother a pan fire. Stay in the kitchen when you're frying, boiling, grilling or broiling food -- if something starts smoldering, it's better to know immediately so you can take steps to put it out.


Illegal Contact

Prevent burns when you're cooking. Wear short sleeves, or roll them up. Don't lean over the burner. Use potholders and oven mitts to handle hot or steaming cookware.    


Defensive Linemen

Children need constant adult supervision. If you have young children in the home, keep them three feet from anything that can get hot, including the stove and grill. Put hot objects and liquids beyond children's reach so they can't touch or pull them down. Never hold a child when you cook.



Keep safety in mind when serving on game day too.  If you burn candles, position them out of reach of children and away from anything that can burn. Consider using flameless candles that are lit by battery power instead. Food warmers and slow cookers get hot. Place them toward the back of the serving table so they won't get knocked off. Provide hot pads to prevent burns. Light the chafing dish fuel can after it is placed under the warmer. Make sure nothing comes in contact with the flame. If young children are in your home, supervise them and keep matches and lighters locked away.


For additional fire safety and burn prevention information, visit USFA online at Follow USFA on Twitter at @USfire and on Facebook at

Stay safe and enjoy the game!

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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