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WILDLAND FIRE DANGER IN CRYSTAL PARK:  
LOW to MODERATE

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

 

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National Significant Wildland Fire Potential

Normal significant large fire potential is expected for the outlook period in all areas.

Temperature anomalies during August displayed a major shift to below average especially east of the Continental Divide. August precipitation was above average overall from the Continental Divide eastward, while deficits west of the divide were prevalent across southwestern Colorado. Long range precipitation deficits over the past 90 days were most significant across central Kansas, western Colorado and southwestern Wyoming.

Forecast data shows subtropical moisture continuing to produce convection early in the month across the region. A northwesterly upper level flow is expected in areas west of the divide and should result in a transition to a warmer and drier than average condition in western areas while more seasonal temperatures and precipitation are expected east of the divide. Long range outlooks point towards an overall pattern of average temperatures and precipitation during the remainder of the fall into early winter.

ERC's were near-average at month’s end. Live fuel indices were well above average for this time of year. Grasses and brush across most of the region was cured in the lower elevations and transitioning to cured in the higher elevations.

An overall wet and cool month in August has allowed fuel moisture values to recover from drier conditions experienced earlier in the summer. Seasonably average temperatures and periodic precipitation events are expected east of the Continental Divide during the first half of September. Conditions in September west of the divide are predicted to get off to a relatively dry, warm start but should recover later in the month. The combination of antecedent fuel conditions, near average temperatures and precipitation received should lead to overall Normal significant large fire potential in September both west and east of the divide. Average temperature and precipitation trends predicted for the remainder of the fall into early winter point towards average large fire risk as well, which typically reaches a minimum in November and December.

2017 CPFD OFFICERS ANNOUNCED

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.

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.

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!


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. Or even worse, your speed can cause your neighbor to go off the road in trying to avoid you....

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December 6, 2017
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