Fire Mitigation

Fire mitigation is an easy and effective step you can take to give your property a better chance of surviving a wildfire.  Although some of the recommended steps involve removing some trees, others are as simple as cleaning your gutters and sweeping your deck.   The Crystal Lakes Volunteer Fire Department is committed to helping community members understand and make the effort to perform effective fire mitigation on their properties.


Workshops on effectively mitigating the hazards surrounding your home and being prepared to evacuate in the event of a wildfire are held every  summer, with dates announced in the spring.


In addition, the members of the Crystal Lakes VFD will perform home assessments to assist you in determining whether your home is as safe as it can be in the event of a wildfire.   Please use the Assessment Request Form to arrange to have someone come to your property to meet with you about fire mitigation, or contact Marian Kelly at 970-881-2049 if you prefer to make arrangements that way.


If you are unable to attend a workshop, or prefer to learn on your own, please see the following links and documents for further information: 


CSU Larimer County Extension Office Wildfire Preparedness Presentation - This Estes Park presentation is similar to the one held in Crystal Lakes on Sept. 30, 2017. The information is substantially the same, although the local perspective offered by Fire Chief David Wolf, of Estes Park, is naturally focused on procedures in that area.

Wildfire Mitigation - Colorado State University




Defensible Space


Six Things You Can Do


Seven Things You Should Know About Fire Mitigation


Assessment Request Form



CLVFD Defensible Space Assessment Checklist
CLVFD Assessment Checklist.pdf
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CSFS Defensible Space Guide
CSFS Defesible Space Guide.pdf
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CSFS Home Fire Protection Brochure
csfs home_fire_protection_brochure.pdf
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Creating an Effective Defensible Space
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IBHS Wildfire Checklist
IBHS Wildfire Checklist.pdf
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How to Have a Firewise Home
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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:

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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:

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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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