Rocky Mountain Fire

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New Ambulance Billing Process - No Fees To District Residents

Rocky Mountain Fire Protection District is pleased to announce that we are changing our ambulance billing process. If you are a resident that lives within our district and you are in need of our ambulance service, you will not receive a bill for anything over what insurance covers. This means that, if you call 911, we will bill your insurance and any amount not covered will not be billed to you. Rocky Mountain Fire values the relationships with its constituents and sees ambulance service as included in the taxes you pay.

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Fire restrictions lowered to Stage 1

On July 25, 2018, at 12:00 p.m., Sheriff Pelle lowered the fire restrictions that were in place for western Boulder County from Level 2 to Level 1. While we received some rainfall in Boulder County, and the moisture did help lower the fire danger, it was not enough to completely remove the fire danger, which is why we will continue to have fire restrictions in place.

The fire restrictions do not affect open fires within incorporated cities and towns; however, residents and visitors must comply with applicable ordinances and regulations in their respective cities and towns.

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Western Boulder County Stage 2 Fire Restrictions

Boulder County enacting Level 2 Fire Restrictions

Forecast for hot temperatures and dry conditions has increased fire danger

Boulder County, Colo. - Sheriff Joe Pelle will be enacting Level 2 Fire Restrictions, effective immediately, today, Tuesday, July 10, for western Boulder County. The fire restrictions are being implemented due to increasing fire danger, lack of moisture and the forecast for hot temperatures. We also have seen an increase in recreational activities in western Boulder County during the summer months. In addition, local and regional fire suppression resources have also been committed to large fires in Colorado and across the nation.

The fire restrictions include the mountain areas of Boulder County. The mountain areas include any and all unincorporated areas of the county:

  • West of CO Highway 93 (CO-93), from its intersection with the southern boundary of Boulder County until, and including, its intersection with CO Highway 119 (CO-119);
  • West of Broadway Avenue in the City of Boulder, from its intersection with CO-119 until, and including, its intersection with US Highway 36 (US-36);
  • West of US-36, from its intersection with Broadway Avenue until its intersection with the northern boundary of Boulder County;
  • West of the western boundary of the Rabbit Mountain Open Space until, and including, US-36; and;
  • All of the Rabbit Mountain Open Space property.

A map depicting the areas of Boulder County affected by the fire ban is included below.

The fire ban PROHIBITS:

  • Building, maintaining, attending or using a fire, campfire, or stove fire on private and public lands. This includes charcoal grills and barbecues, coal and wood burning stoves and sheepherder’s stoves and includes use in developed camping and picnic grounds.
  • Fireworks sales, use, and possession, including permissible fireworks.
  • Shooting or discharge of firearms for recreational purposes.
  • Smoking, except in an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site, or while stopped in an area at least three feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable materials.
  • Operating a chainsaw without a USDA or SAE approved spark arrester properly installed and in effective working order, a chemical pressurized fire extinguisher kept with the operator and one round point shovel with an overall length of at least 35 inches readily available for use.
  • Using an explosive. This includes but is not limited to fuses or blasting caps, fireworks, rockets, exploding targets, and tracers or incendiary ammunition.
  • Welding or operating acetylene or other torch with open flame outdoors.
  • Possessing or using a motor vehicle off established roads, motorized trails or established parking areas, except when parking in an area devoid of vegetation within 10 feet of the vehicle.

The fire ban ALLOWS:

  • Smoking in an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site, or while stopped in an area at least three feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable materials.
  • Devices using pressurized liquid or gas (stoves, grills or lanterns) that include shut-off valves are permitted when used in an area at least three feet or more from flammable material such as grasses or pine needles.
  • Shooting or discharge of firearms for hunting, with a valid and current hunting license on public lands.
  • Operating a chainsaw with a USDA or SAE approved spark arrester properly installed and in effective working order, a chemical pressurized fire extinguisher kept with the operator and one round point shovel with an overall length of at least 35 inches readily available for use.

For current fire, shooting and developed recreation site restrictions and seasonal closures for USFS properties, visit: www.fs.usda.gov/detail/arp/alerts-notices/?cid=fseprd533597#boulder.

Anyone found in violation of the fire ban may be convicted of a class two petty offense, and may be subject to up to a $1,000 fine, in addition to any possible civil penalties. Higher fines may be imposed for subsequent offenses.

The fire restrictions do not affect open fires within incorporated cities and towns; however, residents and visitors must comply with applicable ordinances and regulations in their respective cities and towns. The fire restrictions will be in effect until Sheriff Pelle finds that the hazardous conditions have subsided.

Colorado state statutes authorize counties to impose fire restrictions "to a degree and in a manner that the Board of County Commissioners deems necessary to reduce the danger of wildfires within those portions of the unincorporated areas of the county where the danger of forest or grass fires is found to be high based on competent evidence."

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Fire Danger and 4th of July activities.

Fire Danger across the State of Colorado is increasing.  As you head out to go camping, hiking or even for a Sunday drive you need to be in the “know” about the restrictions wherever you go.

The State of Colorado has created a list with links to every County, the Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management and other public lands in Colorado for your use prior to traveling and recreating in the great outdoors. https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/dfpc/fire-bans-and-restrictions.  Please follow the restrictions in place at your destination, the fire danger this year is very real and we would like everyone’s community to stay safe including our own.  Please don’t spread sparks or light fires where they are restricted.  If you must have a fire be sure to FULLY extinguish it before leaving it unattended for any reason by following Smoky Bear’s guidelines. Smoky Bear's guide to campfires

This 4th of July the Town of Superior is again hosting a great family event starting with a fun run and parade.  After you’ve worked up an appetite come eat pancakes at community park and share in the fun with your community.  Please go see a public fireworks display and leave the show to the professionals it will eliminate the danger fireworks can present to you, your neighbors and pets.

Have a happy and safe 4th of July.

@RockyMtnFire

Red Flag Warning in Effect NO OPEN BURNING Boulder County-Wide

RED FLAG WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 11 AM THIS MORNING TO MIDNIGHT MDT TONIGHT FOR WIND AND LOW RELATIVE HUMIDITY FOR THE CENTRAL COLORADO MOUNTAINS AND SOUTHERN FRONT RANGE FOOTHILLS

Very hot and very dry conditions today will combine with wind gusts of 25 to 35 mph to produce extreme fire danger across the northern Colorado mountains this afternoon and evening. The fire danger will also be elevated on the plains, but the winds will not be as strong. Conditions will not be as extreme on Friday, but fire danger will still be very high, especially in the mountain valleys.

The National Weather Service in Denver has issued a Red Flag Warning FOR WIND AND LOW RELATIVE HUMIDITY, which is in effect from 11 AM this morning to midnight MDT tonight.

* Timing...11 AM MDT to 9 PM MDT Thursday

* Winds...Southwest 10 to 20 mph with gusts up to 30 mph.

* Relative Humidity...As low as 9 percent.

* Impacts...Rapid fire growth and spread will be possible under these hot, dry and breezy conditions.

Boulder County Enacting Level 1 Fire Restrictions

The fire restrictions include the mountain areas of Boulder County. The mountain areas include any and all unincorporated areas of the county:

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  • West of CO Highway 93 (CO-93), from its intersection with the southern boundary of Boulder County until, and including, its intersection with CO Highway 119 (CO-119);
  • West of Broadway Avenue in the City of Boulder, from its intersection with CO-119 until, and including, its intersection with US Highway 36 (US-36);
  • West of US-36, from its intersection with Broadway Avenue until its intersection with the northern boundary of Boulder County;
  • West of the western boundary of the Rabbit Mountain Open Space until, and including, US-36; and;
  • All of the Rabbit Mountain Open Space property.

The fire ban PROHIBITS:

  1. Building, maintaining, attending, or using an open fire, campfire or stove fire (including charcoal barbecues and grills) on public land;
  2. Use of all personal fireworks;
  3. Shooting or discharging firearms for recreational purposes, except for hunting with a valid and current hunting license on public land;
  4. Smoking, except in an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site, or while stopped in an area at least three feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable materials;
  5. Operating a chainsaw without a USDA or SAE-approved spark arrester properly installed and in effective working order. A chemical, pressurized fire-extinguisher must be kept with the operator, and at least one round-point shovel with an overall length of at least 35 inches must be readily available for use;
  6. Welding or operating an acetylene or other open-flame torch, except in cleared areas of at least 10 feet in diameter, and with a chemical, pressurized fire-extinguisher immediately available for use; and
  7. Using an explosive.

The fire ban ALLOWS:

  1. Building, maintain, attending or using a fire in constructed, permanent fire pits or fire grates, within developed recreation sites (see below), and on private lands;
  2. The use of portable stoves; lanterns using gas, jellied petroleum, or pressurized liquid fuel; or a fully enclosed (sheepherder-type) stove with a 1/4" spark arrester-type screen.

The following United States Forest Service (USFS) developed recreation sites are located within Boulder County and are exempted from the fire restrictions, in accordance with USFS policies and closures, when open and staffed: Kelly Dahl Campground, Rainbow Lakes Campground, Camp Dick Campground, Peacefully Valley Campground, Meeker Park Overflow Campground, Olive Ridge Campground and the Brainard Lake Recreation Area, which includes the Pawnee Campground.

For current fire, shooting and developed recreation site restrictions and seasonal closures for USFS properties, visit: www.fs.usda.gov/detail/arp/alerts-notices/?cid=fseprd533597#boulder.

Anyone found in violation of the fire ban may be convicted of a class two petty offense, and may be subject to up to a $1,000 fine, in addition to any possible civil penalties. Higher fines may be imposed for subsequent offenses.

The fire restrictions do not affect open fires within incorporated cities and towns; however, residents and visitors must comply with applicable ordinances and regulations in their respective cities and towns. The fire restrictions will be in effect until Sheriff Pelle finds that the hazardous conditions have subsided.

Station 4 5748 Flagstaff Rd Open House 6/10/18 1pm-3pm

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Ever wondered what the inside of that fire station on top of Flagstaff Mountain in Boulder looks like?  Here's your chance to come meet the firefighters, check out the trucks, practice using a fire extinguisher and see what you should have inside your car's emergency kit.  Please join the Flagstaff community and Rocky Mountain Fire for a relaxing afternoon at the firehouse.  We'll even have a trained car seat technician on hand to check out your child's car seat.  See you Sunday!

At The Firehouse, an article from the Superior Newsletter

Firefighters.  The word brings to mind visions of firetrucks, fires, fire hydrants, and car accidents.  Being a part of Superior has afforded Rocky Mountain Fire the opportunity to be more than just emergency responders.  We host birthday parties, open our training rooms to community meetings, attend block parties, and install children’s car seats.  Our firefighters take pride in cooking chili for the Chili Fest, driving the truck in the 4th of July parade, and raising the flag while flipping pancakes.  In short, we take pride in giving back to the community that has steadfastly supported us.

            While some of our employees live in the Town of Superior, most of us consider it our second home.  We enjoy teaching fire prevention in the schools, working in partnership with businesses to provide a safe environment for customers while protecting their investment from fire, and working with HOAs to foster safe communities within the Town.  From assisting with batteries in smoke detectors to reading books at the park, we are here to serve you.  Being a firefighter for Rocky Mountain Fire means being a neighbor, a community member, and an emergency responder.  To learn more about Rocky Mountain Fire and the services we provide visit www.rockymountainfire.org.

Other services not listed above

·         Fire extinguisher training

·         Provide Vials of Life for seniors and individuals with extenuating medical needs- these vials alert responders and provide quick easy medical history and medication lists for emergency responders

·         Fire station tours

New Fire Medics Complete Training!

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Back in February, Rocky Mountain Fire hired seven new fire medics from around the country.  Though each individual comes to Rocky Fire with extensive experience, our new teammates have spent over two months completing an extensive new-hire orientation in both the classroom and field.  Included in this training have been courses on district familiarization, wildland firefighting, back-country and ice rescue, auto extrication, air operations, chainsaw skills, and many courses on EMS to further pad their skills.  Officially completing training this week, our new fire medics are eager to start supporting our residents on a daily basis and our current crews are excited to have Brad Keating, Ben Cooper, Mike Wall, Ben O'Connell, Steve St. Clair, Andrew Yamamoto, and Dennis Tobin joining their shifts!


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Kidde Dual Sensor Smoke Alarm Recall

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The dual Photoelectric and Ionization smoke detector models PI2010 and PI9010 have been recalled due to a potential safety risk.  To determine if your smoke detector has been recalled visit https://kidde-smoke-alarm-recallusen.expertinquiry.com.   Pictures of the involved detectors and instructions to verify defect and how to get a replacement are listed in an easy to follow format.

Conditions hamper firefighting efforts

BOULDER COUNTY, Colo. — A 63-year-old woman and five dogs safely escaped a house fire on Monday night, the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office said.

 Making an unusal friend whle fighting a house fire 

Making an unusal friend whle fighting a house fire 

Firefighters were called to the 700 block of Cougar Drive just after 8 p.m. after the homeowner said her wood-burning stove was on fire and the flames had spread to the ceiling.  The woman and her five dogs managed to get out safely. She was treated for minor smoke inhalation at the scene, the sheriff’s office said.  Firefighters were hampered by temperatures in the single digits, and the long, narrow and steep driveway was covered with snow and ice. The extent of the damage to the home is unknown, but the sheriff’s office said it’s likely extensive. The fire spread to surrounding trees in the area of the house but no other structures are threatened, the sheriff’s office said.