News Releases

Big Thompson Canyon Volunteer Fire Department

For Media inquiries and Press Releases, contact Karen Debenham, Public Information Officer:
eMail: Karen.Debenham@BigThompsonCanyonVFD.org
Tel: 970-593-1091

For Big Thompson Canyon fire updates, press releases, and community events, follow @BigT_Fire on Twitter and Big Thompson Canyon V.F.D. on Facebook.

News Releases 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

June 25, 2016

Saturday June 25, 2016 Big Thompson  Canyon Volunteer Fire Department held an open house to celebrate the Grand Opening of the new Station 9 located at 100 Palisade Mountain Drive, Drake, CO 80515. This new, much needed, larger station is strategically located at the “T” intersection of the Cedar Park/Cedar Springs sub-divisions. It has three bays which will house E49 Water Tender, E69 Engine, Rescue 9 Jeep and the UTV. It is equipped with an office/kitchen area and bathroom. This station can be made available, upon request, for community meetings.

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News Releases 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

January 31, 2014

Friday January 31, 2014 Big Thompson  Canyon Volunteer Fire Department, along with Thompson Valley EMS received a dispatch around 9:30 pm to Galena Court. A 53 year old male fell on a rock while shoveling snow and sustained two possible rib fractures.

Two BTCVFD personnel responded to the scene. The TVEMS ambulance from Loveland slid off the road on the switchbacks.

A second ambulance was dispatched to the base of the mountain. In the interim BTCVFD personnel prepared the patient for transport and using a well equipped 4WD van took the patient down to the second waiting ambulance. Once the patient was safely transferred to TVEMS, BTCVFD personnel returned to the first ambulance and safely extricated it from the ditch.

Please be aware this was NOT an issue with the road not being plowed, but rather that the four wheel drive on the initial ambulance never properly engaged.

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News Releases 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

September 27, 2013

Larimer Flood 2013     CO-LRX-000883                     FEMA Disaster #04145

Canyon Fire was struggling with our membership numbers earlier this year. We lost several seasoned members due to retirement or relocation. However with the implementation of our new wildland Team we gained 3 new members and we also accepted another 3 new full time members. This brought our membership up to 19. Our probationary members and Public Information Officer got hands on training they never anticipated.

The first night of flooding found most of our department checking on residents in our district which includes the Big Thompson Canyon from the narrows up to Waltonia and encouraging them to move to safety.

When the Big Thompson River breeched the highway at mile marker 74.5 Loveland Fire and Rescue and BTCVFD performed a technical Tyrolean rope rescue bringing 6 people across the river to safety when their private bridge was destroyed.

When the river breeched Highway 34 at MM81 several evacuation points were established; one was at Bartram Park under the command of Assistant Chief Tim Brady, with the assistance of Paramedic Jenica Butts and firefighter Jason Tanner. This team evacuated 75 people to safety using ATV’s and a hastily improved Bear Track Road.

Another breech further up canyon found Chief Bill Lundquist and firefighters Mark Svoboda and John Miller sheltering over 35 evacuees at Fire Station 8 and the BTCA building.

Firefighter Jack Patterson sheltered over 15 evacuees at his residence after checking on families the rest of the way up to Drake. Firefighter Delbert Nusbaum was also in this section of Drake.

The community of Storm Mountain found the most residents isolated, but for the most part safe from the flood waters. They were fortunate to have a larger team of Canyon members available to assist in the evacuations. Lead by Lt. Shawn Neal, Captain Dave Legits, firefighters Bill Powers, Dave Phillips, and Aaron Klee, wildland team members Derek Weber and Matt Charboneau and Public Information Officer Karen Debenham, worked nonstop for ten days. From checking on residents with medical needs to scouting alternative egress roads to coordinating efforts with the Sheriff’s department and the Type II Incident Management Team—they did it all with extreme professionalism.

Chief Lundquist commented that he was very proud of every member involved in the event. He said “Everyone was in the right place with the right skills needed.”

Statistically, over 400 residents and guests in our district were safely air-lifted. Approximately 100 individuals of the Storm Mountain community have chosen to shelter in place and “weather out the storm”.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

September 12, 2013

It is recommended that you do not travel today unless absolutely necessary.

Due to severe weather conditions as of 0130 this morning US Highway 34 was closed from the Dam Store west to Estes Park. County Road 43 is also closed from the Glen Haven fire station east to Drake. CDOT will be evaluating the situation at daylight.

With the dam breaking in Estes Park there is increased flow in the Big Thompson river. Residents in the area have received reverse 911 notice of potential risk.  The area of Rainbow Trout Lane above Waltonia has been evacuated.

The Storm Mountain access road is down to one lane due to rocks in the road. If you must travel, be very cautious around blind curves.

Canyon Fire does have trained medical personnel on Storm Mountain.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

August 26, 2013

We are about to kick off a major fundraising project and YOU CAN HELP.

This is an easy and memorable way to help us cover the costs of building our new fire station on Storm Mountain.

Each brick you purchase will be set into the patio outside of the new Station 9 at 100 Palisade Mountain Drive. Each paver can be customized to commemorate an event, to honor a person, or to advertise your business. The bricks are imprinted, fired and inlaid with black stain. Company logos can be imprinted along with a short message of thanks or encouragement.

We are offering 2 sizes of bricks: 4″x8″ or 8″x8″.stinger brick

You can order with or without clip art or your custom logo.

See www.polarengraving.com/BTCVFD to place your order now. Through this website you will be able to pay either with  PayPal or check by mail. You can pay by credit card through PayPal or you can use your existing PayPal account. If you wish to receive a tax receipt for your donation please be sure to write “TAX RECEIPT PLEASE” in the comment box on the ordering page.

Watch for volunteers at the “T” on Saturday August 31 and again on Monday September 2 to receive a brochure and ordering information or a manual order form.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

July 30, 2013 – Larimer County Fire Restrictions

The Board of Larimer County Commissioners today lifted fire restrictions for unincorporated Larimer County effective immediately. Restrictions on open fires and fireworks had been put in place for portions of Larimer County last June 25. The restrictions had been set to expire on September 3rd..

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June 25, 2013 – Larimer County Fire Restrictions

As of noon today, a ban on open fires for the unincorporated portions of Larimer County went into effect. Also in effect, a ban on use of fireworks and public fireworks displays are also restricted but for a specific portion of the unincorporated area:
  • the unincorporated area west of County Road 19 (Taft in Fort Collins & Wilson in Loveland), or west of County Roads 21 or 23 where County Road 19 does not exist; and, north of County Road 60, or north of County Road 58 where County Road 60 does not exist. MAP: http://larimer.org/bcc/130625/06252013Fireworks%20Restrictions.pdf
The restrictions are set to expire on Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013. Today’s restrictions were based on a recommendation from the Larimer County Sheriff’s office.
RESTRICTED TODAY: 
·         Today’s restrictions mean that no open fires are allowed, no open camp or cooking fires.
·         Smoking in the open is not allowed under these restrictions.
  • No fireworks or fireworks displays (in the mapped area) are allowed under these restrictions.
  •  No agricultural burning is allowed under these restrictions.
NOT RESTRICTED TODAY: Contained open fires are not restricted at this time.
  • Contained Open Fires mean fires in permanently constructed stationary masonry or metal fireplaces specifically designed for the purpose of combustion.
  • The use ofinternal or external combustion engine with a spark arresting deviceproperly installed, maintained and in effective working order and meeting published standards.
  • Fireplaces or wood stoves located inside permanent structures.
  • Fires in commercially operated wood and/or charcoal fired grills designed for cooking.
  • Charcoal fired grills when used at a private residence and located on a non-combustible surface of at least ten feet in diameter.
  • Fires such as those in camp stoves and grills using gas or pressurized liquid,
The Sheriff may give limited exemptions from these restrictions based on his pre-approval and inspection.
Any person who knowingly violates the restrictions can be fined.
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News Releases 2012

Big Thompson Canyon Volunteer Fire Department

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

April 10, 2012 – Larimer County Fire Restrictions

Larimer County Sheriff Justin Smith, with input from the Larimer County Commissioners, has authorized fire restrictions for Larimer County. The restrictions, which start April 12, 2012 and expire on May 15, will be instituted in conjunction with expected restrictions within the Roosevelt National Forest.

• The restrictions mean that no open camp or cooking fires and open fires are allowed.  Only “contained” open fires such as those in camp stoves and grills using gas or pressurized liquid or those in permanently constructed, metal or masonry fireplaces such as those fireplaces located in campgrounds and masonry or metal fire pits.

•Smoking in the open is not allowed under these restrictions.

•No fireworks or fireworks displays are allowed under these restrictions.

•No open campfires are allowed under these restrictions.

•No agricultural burning (including slash pile burning) is allowed under these restrictions.

•Residents within unincorporated areas of Larimer County can operate a charcoal grill on a non-combustible surface at least ten feet in diameter at their private residence.

The County’s complete fire ordinance is available at: www.larimer.org/policies/.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 26, 2012 – Galuchie Meadows Fire

The fire at Galuchie Meadows was approximately 3 acres in size, primarily burning grass and unmitigated stands of Aspen. The Big Thompson Canyon V.F.D. was first on scene at roughly 4:55 p.m. Crews from B.TC.V.F.D., Loveland Fire Rescue, Larimer County and the U.S. Forest Service began arriving shortly thereafter. Crews from Windsor and the Poudre Fire Authority were on alert.

The Larimer County Sheriff’s Department and officials from the U.S. Forest Service were on scene to investigate the cause of the fire, which was described as being man-made, not natural in origin.

By roughly 7:45 p.m. the fire was 50% contained. The incident was wrapped up and crews headed home near 9:45 p.m.

Reghan Cloudman, a spokeswoman with Arapahoe and Roosevelt National Forests and Pawnee National Grassland issued the initial news release for this incident.

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Big Thompson Canyon Volunteer Fire Department

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release Date: Feb 18, 2012

News Release: Rope Rescue – Big Thompson Canyon

At approximately 2:19 p.m. emergency rescue crews were dispatched to rescue a fallen ice climber near milemarker 72 in the Big Thompson Canyon. The incident took place at the locally known ice falls climbing area, which is located about half a mile from the highway road across the Big Thompson River, and a ravine.

Big Thompson Canyon Fire was first on scene, with Assistant Chief James Weber coordinating  the Big Thompson Canyon Fire special operations/rope rescue team. Members of Loveland Fire and Rescue’s special operations team and Larimer County Search and Rescue assisted in the rescue of a 49-year-old Loveland woman, who was treated at McKee Medical Center on Sunday evening in Loveland, for injuries suffered during the ice-climbing accident.

A total of 37 rescuers from Big Thompson Canyon Fire Department, Loveland Fire and Rescue, Estes Park Ambulance, Larimer County Search and Rescue, and Larimer County Emergency Services aided in the incident, which spanned more than 3 hours in length.

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Larimer County News Release

Department: Natural Resources

Release Date: Feb 15, 2012

Contact Information:

Jeffrey Boring, Resource Specialist, (970) 679-4569, jboring@larimer.org

Smoke Expected Near Horsetooth Mountain – Do Not Call 911

The Larimer County Natural Resources Department, in partnership with the Emergency Services Department, will burn slash piles at  Horsetooth Mountain Open Space on Thursday, February 16.  All fires will be extinguished by the end of the day and firefighters will return on Saturday for pile inspection.

The pile burns are part of an on-going wildfire mitigation/forest health project on parks and open space properties, involving mechanical thinning, hand piling of tree limbs, and pile burning. Over 200 piles at Carter Lake County Park have been burned this winter.

To meet safety and regulatory requirements piles are burned after snow storms when at least three inches of snow are on the ground. Additional weather conditions are required before pile burning takes place. Trained firefighters will conduct the burns in accordance to Larimer County Burn Permit Regulations. Smoke may be visible from Fort Collins, Loveland, Berthoud, and along the Northern Front Range. Please do not call 911 or local law enforcement, as they are already aware.

These forest management projects are part of an on-going effort to:

1.      Reduce fuel loading to prevent catastrophic fires

2.      Remove trees damaged by insects and disease

3.      Restore forested areas to more natural and healthy forest conditions, improving wildlife habitat.

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Larimer County News Release

Department: Natural Resources

Release Date: Feb 14, 2012

Contact Information:

Jeffrey Boring, Resource Specialist, (970) 679-4569, jboring@larimer.org

Smoke Expected Near Carter Lake All Week – Do Not Call 911

The Larimer County Natural Resources Department, in partnership with the Emergency Services Department, will burn slash piles at Carter Lake County Park (southwest of Loveland and northwest of Berthoud)  from Tuesday, February 14 – Friday, February 17, 2012. All fires will be extinguished by the end of each day. All fires will be extinguished by the end of the day and firefighters will return on Saturday for pile inspection.

The pile burns are part of an on-going wildfire mitigation/forest health project on parks and open space properties, involving mechanical thinning, hand piling of tree limbs, and pile burning. Over 200 piles at Carter Lake County Park have been burned this winter.

To meet safety and regulatory requirements piles are burned after snow storms when at least three inches of snow are on the ground. Additional weather conditions are required before pile burning takes place. Trained firefighters will conduct the burns in accordance to Larimer County Burn Permit Regulations. Smoke may be visible from Fort Collins, Loveland, Berthoud, and along the Northern Front Range. Please do not call 911 or local law enforcement, as they are already aware.

These forest management projects are part of an on-going effort to:

1.      Reduce fuel loading to prevent catastrophic fires

2.      Remove trees damaged by insects and disease

3.      Restore forested areas to more natural and healthy forest conditions, improving wildlife habitat.

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Larimer County News Release

Department: Natural Resources

Release Date: Feb 9, 2012

Contact Information:

Jeffrey Boring, Resource Specialist, (970) 679-4569, jboring@larimer.org

Smoke Expected Near Carter Lake  – Do Not Call 911

The Larimer County Natural Resources Department, in partnership with the Emergency Services Department, will burn slash piles at Carter Lake County Park (west of Loveland) on Friday, February 10. All fires will be extinguished by the end of the day and firefighters will return on Saturday for pile inspection.

The pile burns are part of an on-going wildfire mitigation/forest health project on parks and open space properties, involving mechanical thinning, hand piling tree limbs and pile burning. Over 250 piles at Carter Lake County Park have been burned this winter.

To meet safety and regulatory requirements piles are burned after snow storms, when at least three inches of snow is on the ground. Additional weather conditions are required before pile burning takes place. Trained firefighters will conduct the burns in accordance to Larimer County Burn Permit Regulations. Smoke from the burning piles may be visible from Fort Collins, Loveland, Berthoud and along the Northern Front Range. Please do not call 911 or local law enforcement, as they are already aware of burns.

These forest management projects are part of an on-going effort to:

1.      Reduce fuel loading to prevent catastrophic fires

2.      Remove trees damaged by insects and disease

3.      Restore forested areas to more natural and healthy forest conditions, improving wildlife habitat.

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Larimer County News Release

Department: Natural Resources

Release Date: Feb 9, 2012

Contact Information:

Jeffrey Boring, Resource Specialist, (970) 679-4569, jboring@larimer.org
Smoke Expected Near Carter Lake – Do Not Call 911
The Larimer County Natural Resources Department, in partnership with the Emergency Services Department, will burn slash piles at Carter Lake County Park (southwest of Loveland and northwest of Berthoud) on Friday, February 3, 2012. All fires will be extinguished by the end of the day and firefighters will return on Saturday for pile inspection.

The pile burns are part of an on-going wildfire mitigation/forest health project on parks and open space properties, involving mechanical thinning, hand piling of tree limbs, and pile burning. Over 200 piles at Carter Lake County Park have been burned this winter.

To meet safety and regulatory requirements piles are burned after snow storms when at least three inches of snow are on the ground. Additional weather conditions are required before pile burning takes place. Trained firefighters will conduct the burns in accordance to Larimer County Burn Permit Regulations. Smoke may be visible from Fort Collins, Loveland, Berthoud, and along the Northern Front Range. Please do not call 911 or local law enforcement, as they are already aware.

These forest management projects are part of an on-going effort to:

1.      Reduce fuel loading to prevent catastrophic fires

2.      Remove trees damaged by insects and disease

3.      Restore forested areas to more natural and healthy forest conditions, improving wildlife habitat.

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End of 2012 News releases.