Community Preparedness for Upcoming Wildland Fire Season
1461 W. Highway 34
P. O. Box 97
Drake, CO 80515
Date: Wednesday, June 22, 2016
Contact: Battalion Chief Shawn Neal – Big Thompson Canyon Battalion
Public Information Officer Karen Debenham – Big Thompson Canyon Battalion
Phone: Chief Neal: 970-685-9999, firstname.lastname@example.org
PIO Debenham: 970-776-0299, Karen@debenham.com
The Canyon Battalion of Loveland Fire Rescue Authority will be providing wildfire safety tips and information as a part of the Dedication and Open House event for the new Fire Station 9 on Saturday, June 25, 2016, from 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. The new station is located at 100 Palisade Mountain Drive, Drake, CO 80515.
It looks as if Wildland Fire season is in full swing, so here are some thoughts for you to consider and discuss with your family members. It is best to have a plan should we be faced with another wildfire up on Storm Mountain.
Much depends upon fire intensity. We can have a moderate intensity surface fire where it may be best for able folks to shelter in place and prep their home. Move inside as the fire front passes, then back outside to knock down any smokes on or near your home.
If our main access is cut off, people should stage at the ‘T” – parking on only one side of the road. Make sure vehicles are parked off to the side as far as they can so emergency vehicles can get by. The last thing you want to do is try and take back ways off the mountain. There is too much potential for getting stuck and/or getting overrun by the fire. Remember we went through considerable headaches during the September 2013 flood to gain access to those roads and they are currently not available for our use.
If you are able to go down the access road, remember that emergency vehicles will be coming up the road quickly. Stay calm and stay on your side of the road. Yield to emergency traffic; remember they are coming up to help you.
Close your windows and doors to your house. You should create a defensible space of at least 20 feet around your house NOW; do not wait for a fire to start to do this. Do not keep wood piles next to your house. If a fire does happen, place propane tanks and gas cans in the middle of the driveway.
For more information, please come to the Dedication and Open House of your new Station 9 at the “T” this Saturday June 25, 2016 at 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., 100 Palisade Mountain Drive.