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


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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 deckor 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!


Dick O'Brien accepts the statue as firefighter of the year to the approval (and votes!) of all of his peers. This is the second time Dick has been chosen for this award.

Dick is the guy in the department that can be counted on every time there is an incident or a need for truck checks or a project or a training. He is there. He also always knows what is going on:
"Talk to Dick" "Call Dick"


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!

The Annual Dinner was well attended with special guests from Manitou Springs Fire Department, Chief John Forsett, Captain Randy Perkins and Lt. Brad Dorris. Thanks to Kim Leander and the Auxiliary for setting up a delicious dinner at the restaurant "Dat's Italian!" in Old Colorado City.


CPFD firefighters were paged out at 12:36 am Saturday morning November 8th for a structure fire at the top of Lady Bug Lane. The structure was initially filled with smoke, giving the occupant time to get out safely....but soon erupted into flame. CPFD, Manitou Springs FD, Ft. Carson, Colorado Springs FD, Green Mountain Falls FD, Colorado Springs Utilities and El Paso Wildland responded. CPFD manned the front line hoses; MSFD managed water operations and El Paso Wildland covered forested areas below the fire to put out all hotspots and burning embers in the trees and on the ground. Frequent water runs to fill tenders and a port-a-tank were made. The house was a total loss: In Crystal Park, it will always be a priority to keep the fire from spreading to the wildland and to other homes using our limited water availablity.

Crystal Park Firefighters poured water on the fire throughout Saturday, Sunday and into Monday. After that, CPFD scheduled 24 hour fire watches and later periodic fire checks until the fire was completely out...which did not occur until the following Thursday.

We wish to thank all the departments that responded...your help and support were invaluable. And a big shoutout to civilian Chuck Lavezzi who used his ATV to provide all kinds of support to CPFD, from ferrying firefighters up the steep driveways, to making fuel runs, to delivering drinking water to firefighters.

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....

CPFD Responds to Traffic Accident in Lower Park

On Tuesday, October 7, CPFD responded to a traffic accident in the lower park. There were no injuries because scrub oak kept the truck from rolling down the hill. Speed and bright morning sun may have been a factor in this crash. As always, please obey the speed limit in Crystal Park.

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