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WILDLAND FIRE DANGER IN CRYSTAL PARK:   MEDIUM

IF there is a RED FLAG WARNING, fire danger becomes EXTREME!

 

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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.


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?

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!

Officers sworn in for 2015 at the Annual Dinner

Paul Welsch - Chief
Steve Leander - Deputy Chief
Collin Powers - Foreman
Dick O'Brien - Treasurer
Dre Elsner - Secretary

Thank you for your service!


CPFD SHARES LESSONS LEARNED FROM OUR MOST 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. Moreover, your speed can cause your neighbor to go off the road in trying to avoid you....

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