Evacuation: How & When to Get Out


Don’t hesitate because you don’t know what to do. 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. While some of the details are specific to Crystal Lakes, most of this information is useful to property owners in any community affected by wildfires.


NOTE:  There are two glitches in the video at the points where the evacuation siren sounds are played that result in 15-20 seconds of silence after each siren before it moves on to the next slide. Please be patient -- the video isn't frozen and will pick back up again in a moment.

Note: The above video contains a reference to marking your cistern for possible firefighter use. After much review and discussion, CLVFD has determined that neither we nor any other fire agency that might come into our area during a large wildfire is likely to find it useful to tap into individual cisterns (even assuming we had proper equipment to match homeowners' fittings), so we no longer recommend taking that step. We only recommend marking naturally occurring water sources like ponds and outside cisterns installed for the express purpose of providing water for wildland firefighting. Thank you.

Evacuation Advice -- Includes how to understand evacuation orders, when to evacuate, what to do in an evacuation, how to prepare for evacuations, how to prepare a go-box, how to prepare your pets for evacuation, and how to stay informed. 


Potential Evacuation Routes -- This map shows various routes out of the Crystal Lakes area so you can be aware of the options. In the event of an evacuation, always follow the directions of emergency personnel.






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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