High Wind Warning and Open Burn Ban Through Wednesday

The National Weather Service has issued a Hazardous Weather Outlook for this evening and Wednesday (11/1) that includes Coal Creek Canyon. Wind gusts are expected to exceed 70 mph tonight and into tomorrow, which greatly increases the danger of significant combustion and rapid spread for any wildland fire. Because of this, effective immediately:

NO OPEN BURNING WILL BE PERMITTED IN THE CCC FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT THROUGH MIDNIGHT WEDNESDAY (11/1)

For more information see the National Weather Service bulletin.

Our fire weather zones are Fire Weather Zone 239 (below 6,400 ft) and Fire Weather Zone 215 (above 6,400 ft.).

 

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Bring the Family to the CCC Fire Dept Station 4 Open House

UPDATE: Rumor has it that Smokey the Bear will be making an appearance, and there will be rides in a Fire Engine for the kids (and maybe even those who are kids at heart)!!! In addition, there will be some light refreshments. Hope to see you there!

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Don’t have plans this Saturday afternoon?? Come on up to Station 4 for the Coal Creek Canyon Fire Department’s Open House. The event will be Saturday, 11/4 from 1:00 – 4:00 PM, and all family members are welcome! What kid doesn’t want to play on a fire truck?? Station 4 is located at 34697 Gap Road, and is home to our newest and biggest wildland vehicle. To get there, turn off 72 at Twin Spruce Rd just below Carl’s Corner. Twin Spruce will turn into Gap, and Station 4 is right before Gap Rd enters Golden Gate Canyon Park. Come check out the equipment we use to keep the canyon safe, and meet some of your local firefighters.

Have friends, family, or neighbors in the canyon who might be taking time off from social media? Spread the word and let them know about the Open House! We’d like to meet as many Canyon residents as possible.

We’re also in the middle of our annual recruitment drive, so if you’re thinking about volunteering as a Wildland or Full Firefighter, but still haven’t requested an application, stop by and ask us any questions you might have. The area off of Gap Rd is especially in need of new recruits, so if you live up near Station 4, we’re definitely interested in your participation as a volunteer. Everybody in the canyon benefits from a fire department with strong participation.

See additional details about volunteering on our website at the link below.

Volunteer for Coal Creek Canyon Fire Department

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Reasons to volunteer for CCCFD

Some thoughts from active & retired volunteer CCCFD firefighters on volunteering for Coal Creek Canyon Fire Department:

  • Being on the fire department made me a better person by making me a safe driver. You respond to accidents and learn what not to do, and where. You see first hand what careless driving does to people.
  • Helping save a life, using what you have learned in emergency medical response classes, gives you a feeling that is hard to describe.
  • Getting in a tight spot on a fire and next to you is a fellow firefighter working as hard as you, gives you a feeling of fellowship that lasts all your life.
  • Learning skills that will help in an emergency is invaluable for you & your family, especially when living in the mountains.
  • Volunteer firefighters get to explore and learn about all the interesting corners of the canyon; mountain tops, reservoir, railway, dam, and more.
  • The relentless dedication to safety.  It was very comforting and refreshing to have so many people dedicated to keeping each other safe.  I have taken the lessons learned to all other walks of life.  I ask myself, “How would the Fire Dept. approach this?”  There is a professional mentality in fire.  I like how some of it has rubbed off on me.
  • Volunteer firefighters get to help members of their community, and build deep ties to that community.
  • Volunteer firefighters get to operate some amazing equipment; from fire engines to jaws of life to thermal imager and more.
  • When people ask what did you do with your life, I am proud to say “I did fire and rescue, and helped save lives and property” as a volunteer for twenty years where I lived in Coal Creek Canyon.
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Meet Your CCC Fire Department at the Community Expo


This Saturday, Oct 21 from 3:00 – 6:00 PM, representatives from the CCC Fire Department will be participating in the Community Expo at the CCCIA Community Hall (31528 Hwy 72). This is a great opportunity to ask any questions you might have about the Fire Department, or just stop by and say Hi!

We are also currently recruiting for 2018 firefighter candidates, so if you want to get additional information about what it means to be a volunteer CCC firefighter, this is a good chance to ask. We can explain the training requirements for Wildland and Full Firefighters, and the rewards you get from helping your community as a firefighter. So if you are thinking about applying, we hope to see you there. Or if you know somebody in the canyon who would be a good candidate, let them know about this opportunity!

See additional details about volunteering on our website at the link below.

Volunteer for Coal Creek Canyon Fire Department

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Support Your Community – Volunteer With The CCC Fire Department

Each year about this time, the Coal Creek Canyon Fire Department has a recruiting drive to find canyon residents interested in volunteering as firefighters. This year’s application period is now open, and runs through November 27. There are two firefighter categories we are looking for – Wildland and Full Firefighter. Wildland firefighters are trained in suppressing wildfires to protect life and structures. Full firefighters are wildland trained, and also get qualified in handling structure fires, automobile rescue, and emergency medical response.

The personal rewards and satisfaction received from the fire and rescue service are often beyond description. There is a tremendous sense of accomplishment after knocking down a structure fire or controlling a wildland fire, compassion for accident victims and those in need of emergency medical care, and a strong sense of pride knowing that you have helped your community. Joining the Coal Creek Canyon Fire Protection District (CCCFPD) as a volunteer firefighter is a serious decision and involves a profound commitment. In addition to a desire to help people, you also need courage, dedication, assertiveness, and a willingness to face new challenges. We hope that you are up to the challenge and apply for membership.

For an application packet, please send a request to:  admin@coalcreekcanyonfd.org

See additional details about volunteering on our website at the link below.

Volunteer for Coal Creek Canyon Fire Department

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Fire Prevention Week 2017

Hi Canyon Residents,

Today begins national Fire Prevention Week. In a fire, seconds count. Seconds can mean the difference between residents of our community escaping safely from a fire or having their lives end in tragedy. That’s why this year’s Fire Prevention Week theme: “Every Second Counts: Plan 2 Ways Out!” is so important. It reinforces why everyone needs to have an escape plan.

Here are this year’s key campaign messages:

  • Draw a map of your home using the NFPA (National Fire Protection Association) guide below with all members of your household, marking two exits from each room and a path to the outside from each exit. Note that one exit will usually be a window, and so for multi-story residences, escape ladders would be required.
    FPW 2017 Escape Plan Grid
  • Practice your home fire drill twice a year. Conduct one at night and one during the day with everyone in your home, and practice using different ways out.
  • Teach children how to escape on their own in case you can’t help them.
  • Make sure the number of your home is clearly marked and easy for the fire department to find.
  • Close doors behind you as you leave – this may slow the spread of smoke, heat, and fire.
  • Once you get outside, stay outside. Never go back inside a burning building.

This and much more information can be found on NFPA’s Fire Prevention Week website.

Stay tuned for additional Fire Prevention tips throughout the week!

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Early Winter Snows & Safe Driving

Winter Storm Warning

It seems we are due some snows again, and have another winter storm warning. Here in Coal Creek Canyon we are mountain folks, so somewhat used to snow, but early/late snows do still tend to catch some of us off guard & contribute to some accidents. Some thoughts:

It’s a good time to check that you have sufficient tire tread, and if you utilize snow tires, maybe this is the year to switch to them earlier than later. If you can avoid travel perhaps do so, or travel later in the day (when less people are on the road and/or the roads have warmed.) Allow extra time to get where you are going.

Some canyon driving thoughts, including links to winter driving tips:

Canyon Driving

Note: Last week’s snows led to some icy patches on the roads, and at least two accidents. Dry roads with intermittent icy patches can be as dangerous as fully icy roads because it can lead to a false sense of security, and can lull drivers into higher speeds than safe. Drive to the conditions, and that means the worst of the conditions.

Drive safely out there…

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Red Flag Warning – Tuesday, Sept. 19

The National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning for Tuesday, Sept. 19 that includes Coal Creek Canyon. A Red Flag warning means weather conditions (typically a combination of winds, heat, and low humidity) are set for potential extreme fire behavior; i.e. significant combustion and rapid spread.

A red flag warning allows NO open air burning. The forecast is for increased fire danger through Thursday, so fire restrictions are likely to extend through most of this week.

For more information see the National Weather Service bulletin.

Our fire weather zones are Fire Weather Zone 239 (below 6,400 ft) and Fire Weather Zone 215 (above 6,400 ft.).

 

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Slash collection at Blue Mountain this weekend

Slash collections this weekend, September 16th / September 17th at Blue Mountain Open Space:

http://jeffco.us/community-calendar/slash-collection–sept–16-17-@-blue-mountain-open-space/

This opportunity is available to all canyon residents (irrespective of country of residence.) Pricing, and other information, is available at the Jeffco Slash Collection Website.

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Gross Dam Road – Road Closure Wednesday Sept 6th / Thursday Sept 7th

We just received notification that Gross Dam Road will be closed at the Crescent Meadows railroad crossing beginning tomorrow (Wednesday September 6th 2017.) It is estimated to reopen this Thursday  at 6:30PM (Thursday September 7th 2017.) There will be no passage across the railroad crossing due to maintenance work. CCCFPD has adapted our emergency response plans accordingly to address this closure.

Given the short notice, please share this information with fellow Canyonites who might otherwise be caught out by this closure. The alternative route for those living north of the closure is Flagstaff Road:

Roadways in and out of Coal Creek Canyon.

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