Six Things You Can Do to Make Your House Ember-Safe

Embers coming in contact with flammable materials is the major reason why homes are destroyed during wildfires.  Here are six things you can do to reduce your house's exposure to this threat.


  1. Sweep your walkways, patios and decks regularly to remove leaves, needles and other combustible materials that may gather against your house. 
  2. Remove vegetative debris (leaves, pine needles, twigs) from your gutters and roof.
  3. Remove combustible materials from under your deck and move your firewood to a place at least thirty feet from your house.
  4. Store your deck furniture, children’s toys and other combustible items inside if a wildfire threatens. 
  5. Caulk any openings along the top or bottom of wall siding or around windows where gaps could allow embers to enter your home.
  6. Screen your vents under eves and at the foundation.  Vents are vulnerable entry points for embers and flames.  Cover them with 1/8 mesh metal screens.  Finer mesh will require more maintenance to keep free of debris.  Remember to keep air flowing freely to manage moisture in attic or under your house.  



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)


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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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