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National Significant Wildland Fire Potential
Outlook Predictive Services National Interagency Fire Center
Issued: June 1, 2017
Outlook Period – June, July and August through September 2017

Above normal precipitation and soil moisture is leading to a robust green-up across the West. Overall cooler than average temperatures and a heavy snowpack have led to slower than normal melting of the mountain snowpack in nearly all locations across the West. This should lead to a delayed start to the fire season in the higher elevations which may, in turn lead to a compressed season.

Rocky Mountain Region:

Below Normal large fire potential is expected across the mountains of Wyoming and Colorado through July and across the lower elevations in both states east of the Continental Divide in June. Normal large fire potential is expected elsewhere across the region through September. After a considerably warmer than normal pattern during the early spring, temperatures cooled considerably in April and May. Precipitation deficits continued across western Colorado and southwestern Wyoming, but areas with deficits got smaller. Elsewhere, precipitation was above normal for the remainder of the region for the last 90 days. An abundant dead grass and brush crop remains in place in the lower elevations and foothills of the Rocky Mountain Area. However, green-up conditions are gradually expanding in the lower elevations and grasslands, reducing the threat of fire activity. Mountain areas still have considerably snow cover. Colorado and Wyoming mountain snowpack values are well above the historical median. Short to medium term precipitation forecasts into early June suggest an active wet period mainly east of the Continental Divide. Long range models show an active storm track into mid-June with deep upper troughs just to the west of the region and a ridge building by July. Overall, near normal temperature and precipitation are expected into early July. For the remainder of the summer into fall, long range predictors point toward normal temperatures and normal to above normal precipitation.


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

Chief: Paul Welsch
Deputy Chief: Steve Leander
Foreman: Collin Powers
Treasurer: Archie Wilson
Secretary: Arren Quigley

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

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.

Crystal Park Metro District and the Crystal Park Fire Department
Say Good-Bye to Old Friends

Two of our CPMD Board Members and CPFD Engineers have resigned, leaving big holes in our organizations. Mike Doughty, former Chair of the CPMD Board and engineer for the Department recently moved from Crystal Park. In 2008 and 2010, Mike was awarded Firefighter of the Year. Dick O'Brien served on the Metro Board for years and was such an integral part of the Fire Department that he served as Treasurer of the CPFD and was also awarded Fireman of the Year twice--in 2009 and 2014. Both were instrumental in the initial organization of the Fire Department in 2007. Thanks to both for your years of service and dedication. You will be missed!

Kathi Gurin has accepted the appointment to replace Dick O'Brien on the CPMD Board until the next general election in 2016. Archie Wilson has accepted the role of Treasurer for the CPFD.


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?

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!

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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August 2, 2017



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