Fire Bans

Here you will find information on Fire Bans that effect Crystal Lakes and the surrounding areas.  Please keep in mind that bans instated by the Crystal Lakes Fire Protection District may be more restrictive than bans instated by the county or state. 

June 28, 2022


Effective Wednesday, June 29th, Larimer County will be under fire restrictions.  


We've gotten some nice moisture lately (though not enough to take us out of high fire danger), but other parts of the county have gotten very little. As the Halligan fire is currently demonstrating, it doesn't take much to get something started and for that something to spread.


The County Board of Commissioners has voted to instate fire restrictions starting tomorrow, which will be in effect until noon July 29th unless extended or ended early. The restrictions forbid uncontained open fires, the use of combustible devices, and fireworks (which, to be clear, are always illegal for private citizens to use in our area). I don't know yet whether the public fireworks in Red Feather will still be held as planned but expect a decision will be announced soon. Note: if the fireworks do proceed, a number of fire departments (including CLVFD) attend every year with brush trucks and water tenders to patrol the fall zone and make sure the display is as safe as possible.


Per the resolution, this means the following are not permitted:

  • Open fires, including camp or cooking fires.
  • Fireworks or firework displays.
  • Incendiary devices including sky lanterns, exploding ammunition, exploding targets, and tracer ammunition.
  • Welding or operating or operating acetylene or other torches with open flames.

The following are still allowed:


  • Contained open fires in permanently constructed stationary masonry or metal fireplaces specifically designed for the purpose of combustion.
  • Fireplaces or wood stoves located inside permanent structures.
  • Fires in commercially operated wood and/or charcoal fired grills designed for cooking.
  • Fires such as those in camp stoves and grills using gas or pressurized liquid.
  • Welding and other torch work within an enclosed building.

The full text of the resolution is available here:  06-28-22 Larimer County Fire Restrictions Resolution


Note: the exemption for contained open fires means approved Crystal Lakes fire pits may be used. Please be very cautious when burning in your fire pit, have a responsible adult present at all time, and do not burn without a water source close at hand to put out your campfire and any escapees (must be at least five gallons of water).


Thanks and stay safe!
Marian Kelly
Assistant Chief
Crystal Lakes Volunteer Fire Department

Crystal Lakes Fire Protection District Fire Restrictions

Information on fire bans instated by the Crystal Lakes Fire Protection District will be posted here.

The guidelines used by the District when determining when to place a fire ban are available below.

Fire Ban Policy update 4-23-15.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [177.2 KB]

Larimer County and State of Colorado Fire Restrictions

Information on fire bans instated by Larimer County or by the State of Colorado or any state or national forest areas near Crystal Lakes will be posted here and are also available from the following sites:

Larimer County Emergency information -

Colorado State information -




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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