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WILDLAND FIRE DANGER IN CRYSTAL PARK:   MODERATE
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IF there is a RED FLAG WARNING, fire danger becomes EXTREME!

 

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WHAT EXACTLY IS A RED FLAG WARNING?

The National Weather Service issues red flag warnings when the following conditions are present leading to extreme wildland fire danger: Humidity is low, temperatures are high, ground fuels are dry, and winds are strong. In combination, these conditions lead to a critical and dramatic increase in wildfire activity. We know! We have seen both Waldo and Black Forest fires flare up and out of control within a very short time.

Remember, Crystal Park never allows outside wood fires under any circumstances. But during red flag warnings it becomes even more important to exercise caution: Be extra careful with your charcoal grill on the deck. Does your wood stove have a spark arrestor on the chiminey? Is your outdoor equipment in good working order so that no sparks are given off? Are you sure that your fireplace ashes contain no hot embers?

Crystal Park never allows fireworks of any kind within its borders, so please do not test those rules! They are there for our protection. And what about smoking outdoors....do you flip your ashes or your cigarette butt off the deck or out of the car window? DON'T!!! During a red flag warning, that could have dire effects. Have you instructed any workmen at your house not to smoke outside? Do it.

We must all be vigilent: report smoke or fire odor by calling 911. It is OK if it turns out to be unfounded!!! Better safe than sorry, right? Make the call.

Keep up to date on fire watches and warnings for fire zone 221 at https://www.wunderground.com/US/CO/085.html?hdf=1

2018 CPFD OFFICERS ANNOUNCED

Each year the CPFD volunteers vote for officers for the coming year.

Chief: Steve Leander
Deputy Chief: Landon Lee
Foreman: Collin Powers
Treasurer: Archie Wilson
Secretary: Stephanie Murphy

APPOINTED BY CHIEF LEANDER: Lieutenant Eric Julian; Lieutenant Scott Quigley

LIFETIME MEMBERS OF THE CPFD: Engineer Dick O'Brien; Retired Chief Paul Welsch

We thank all of these volunteers of their willingness to put in the extra time required of their office.

National Significant Wildland Fire Potential – April, May, June and July 2018

Rocky Mountain Region

Above average fire activity is expected to continue through May over southeast portions of the region (the southern Colorado front range foothills into southeastern Colorado and much of Kansas) as a result of drought and pre-green conditions and/or below average green-up. Continued drought and predicted temperature and precipitation patterns during the spring, above average fuel loading, and increasing cases of warm, dry and windy patterns through May are also expected to exacerbate the above average fire risk. Above average fire risk is predicted to expand across the remainder of southern Colorado into central Colorado for the May, and especially the June-early July period due to drought and persistent warm and dry forecasts overall. Snowpack is near historical minimums over the mountains of southern Colorado, and above average large fire activity (especially June) is highly correlated to years with very low spring snowpack. June-August core fire season acres burned is forecast to be above average for the first time since 2012.

CPFD RESPONDS TO TRUCK FIRE ON CRYSTAL PARK ROAD
Smoke could be seen for miles around, sparking fears of a wildland fire. There were no injuries.

Junior Firefighters at the Crystal Park Fishing Derby

CPFD Firefighter Dre Elsner helps our Junior Firefighters train for their future!

Two More Crystal Park Firefighters Complete
High Angle Rescue Training

Ever wonder what would happen if you fell off a cliff or your car went off one of our roads? We would bring in our CPFD High Angle Rescue (HAR) Team to get you to safety. Firefighters Nick Gurin and Scott Quigley recently completed a technical rescue class and they join the rest of our HAR team to ensure the rescue-to-safety of our Crystal Park residents.


CPFD SHARES LESSONS LEARNED FROM SOME RECENT CALLS:
Everyone's Safety in Crystal Park Depends on You.....Yes, You!!!

1. Fire danger: What kind of and how old is that heater you use to keep your pipes from freezing? Has your chimney been cleaned within the last year? Where and how are you dumping your fireplace ashes? Do you have a good spark arrestor on the top of your chimney? Do you have fire exinguishers handy in case of a small fire in your home?

2. Chain sawing: Definitely a good idea to always have a buddy with you. But no matter what, wear protective gear: Special chaps and vests to protect you from a misbehaving chain saw; helmet; protective eye wear; good boots and gloves. Please go and watch UTube videos about the safe operation of chainsaws.

3. Driving CP roads: Slow down....or face the danger of going off the road and rolling downhill. Or even worse, your speed can cause your neighbor to go off the road in trying to avoid you....

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September 5, 2018
6:00 PM
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